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2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button has reacted to Sebastian Vettel’s decision to leave Ferrari.
Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the year after deciding not to extend his deal with the Scuderia, the team have announced.
Button wrote on twitter: “Well that’s a bit of a Surprise, only Vettel & Binotto know the true reason for Seb walking/being helped out of a very big red door at the end of this year. Hopefully Vettel wants to continue as it would be a shame to lose a driver with such talent from the F1 grid.”
Well that’s a bit of a Surprise, only Vettel & Binotto know the true reason for Seb walking/being helped out of a very big red door at the end of this year. Hopefully Vettel wants to continue as it would be a shame to lose a driver with such talent from the F1 grid. pic.twitter.com/Y5BdV7vrp2
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) May 12, 2020
Vettel’s departure from Ferrari signals an end to his career at the Italian team, who he joined in 2015 intending to follow in the footsteps of his childhood hero Michael Schumacher by winning the title with them.
Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow and Sebastian Vettel decide not to extend their contracthttps://t.co/LMvLsJZiP8
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) May 12, 2020
“My relationship with Scuderia Ferrari will finish at the end of 2020. In order to get the best possible results in this sport, it’s vital for all parties to work in perfect harmony. The team and I have realised that there is no longer a common desire to stay together beyond the end of this season. Financial matters have played no part in this joint decision. That’s not the way I think when it comes to making certain choices and it never will be.
“What’s been happening in these past few months has led many of us to reflect on what are our real priorities in life. One needs to use one’s imagination and to adopt a new approach to a situation that has changed. I myself will take the time I need to reflect on what really matters when it comes to my future,” said Vettel.
“Scuderia Ferrari occupies a special place in Formula 1 and I hope it gets all the success it deserves. Finally, I want to thank the whole Ferrari family and above all its “tifosi” all around the world, for the support they have given me over the years. My immediate goal is to finish my long stint with Ferrari, in the hope of sharing some more beautiful moments together, to add to all those we have enjoyed so far.”