Ecclestone doesn’t rule out Vettel at McLaren

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Ecclestone doesn't rule out Vettel at McLaren





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The former Formula 1 boss considers Sebastian Vettel still very talented and does not rule out a team change in 2021.

Bernie Ecclestone has always been marked by his controversial opinions, both being in charge of Formula 1 and now that he is abroad, where he avoided using the filter of what he was going to say.

The former representative of the largest category in the world, who will be a father in 2020 at the age of 89, spoke about one of the icons of the last decade, Sebastian Vettel, who has not enjoyed a good phase since the four consecutive titles he won with Red Bull, a success that has not managed to move to Ferrari.

Many believe that the German will not be able to recover his previous performance, a different thought that Ecclestone has.

“Vettel is underrated, it’s competitive,” he said. Ecclestone to German television station Sport 1. “I knew it as soon as I saw it for the first time during a training session in Turkey in 2006. I could see it in his eyes.”

“The Formula 1 needs Sebastian the winner. He had an accident last year, but as I know him, there is no reason why he can’t make it to all seven Michael Schumacher titles. As I said, people underestimate it. ”

He suffered with his new teammate, Charles Leclerc, who is also managed by Jean Todt’s son (Nicolas Todt). I also suspect that it was not supported by (Mattia) Binotto

And he prophesied the future of the pilot: “Therefore, Sebastian must stop or look for alternatives for 2021. McLaren, who will again be powered by Mercedes, could be one of them.”

GALLERY: world champions of the 2010s

World Champion in 2010






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World Champion in 2010


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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull

Points: 256 Wins: 5

Podiums: 10

Pole Position: 10

Quick laps: 3

World Champion in 2011






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World Champion in 2011

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull

Points: 392 Wins: eleven Podiums: 17

Pole Position: fifteen

Quick laps: 3

World Champion in 2012






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World Champion in 2012

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull

Points: 281 Wins: 5 Podiums: 10

Pole Position: 6

Quick laps: 6

World Champion in 2013






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Indian GP 2013

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull

Points: 397 Wins: 13 Podiums: 16

Pole Position: 9

Quick laps: 7

World Champion in 2014






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Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes AMG

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Points: 384 Wins: eleven Podiums: 16

Pole Position: 7

Quick laps: 7

World Champion in 2015






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Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes AMG

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Points: 381 Wins: 10 Podiums: 17

Pole Position: eleven

Quick laps: 8

World Champion in 2016






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World Champion in 2016

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes

Points: 385 Wins: 9 Podiums: 16

Pole Position: 8

Quick laps: 6

World Champion in 2017






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Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes AMG F1

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Points: 363 Wins: 9 Podiums: 13

Pole Position: eleven

Quick laps: 7

World Champion in 2018






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World Champion in 2018

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Points: 408 Wins: eleven Podiums: 17

Pole Position: eleven

Quick laps: 3

World Champion in 2019






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Hamilton beats Fangio, goes for Schumacher

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Points: 413 Wins: eleven Podiums: 17

Pole Position: 5

Quick laps: 6

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