Despite there being no races on at the moment, it’s been an exciting week for Formula 1.
Earlier this week it was confirmed that Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari will part ways at the end of the season, bringing an end to a six-year partnership. Where the German four-time world champion will go, or if he will continue to stay in F1 is still a mystery as of the time of writing. Charles Leclerc’s new teammate will be 25 year old Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who left McLaren to join Ferrari for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Sainz finished sixth in the Drivers’ Championship in 2019.
Ferrari’s Team Principal Mattia Binotto commented on the future lineup: “We believe that a driver pairing with the talent and personality of Charles and Carlos, the youngest in the past fifty years of the Scuderia, will be the best possible combination to help us reach the goals we have set ourselves.”
Taking McLaren’s empty seat for 2021 will be Daniel Ricciardo — the signing is said to be “multi-year” deal. The team has also confirmed that Lando Norris will stay for 2021 as the Australian’s partner. Ricciardo’s last and current seasons at Renault clearly hasn’t been fruitful, and McLaren’s new Mercedes-powered race cars could finally be the perfect opportunity to rise to the top.
As for the 2020 season, the first 10 scheduled events have been cancelled or postponed but F1 is hoping to start with the Austrian GP on 5 July.