Almost 48 hours after Sebastian Vettel’s shock exit from Ferrari, Carlos Sainz Jr has been announced as his replacement for the 2021 season while Daniel Ricciardo will partner Lando Norris at McLaren.
Traditionally, the Formula One silly season starts during the Summer and is often in discussion up to the season finale, if not into the start of the new year. However, what must be presumed as the most dramatic transfer moves this year have all taken place within a hectic 48 hours. Sebastian Vettel’s shock exit triggered ripples that, whilst anticipated, have whet the appetites of many Formula One fans, who are still without a race in 2020. Carlos Sainz Jr will be partnering race winner Charles Leclerc and will be immediately compared to one of the rising talents of the sport. 3 years older than the Monegasque, Carlos Sainz Jr’s predicted role in Ferrari is to become the number 2 driver, especially after Leclerc’s lucrative 5 year contract but, without knowing further details, this is just speculation.
2021 will mark the 5th different team that Daniel Ricciardo has raced for and a partnership that will have many F1 fans excited. Often tipped as one of the best drivers in the sport, Daniel Ricciardo has had a relatively lacklustre time at the Renault F1 team. A best of 4th place at the Italian Grand Prix was notable, but not to the standard that many believe the 7 time winner is capable of. McLaren have seen a sharp upwards curve recently and while the popular partnership of Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris will be split up, many will be eagerly anticipating the new line up on track and off track as well, (see the 2019 British Grand Prix Press Conference).
This currently leaves one seat available in F1 at Renault and while it may be too early to predict who will take the seat other transfer news has started buzzing. Sebastian Vettel looks set to be retiring from the sport altogether, whilst a move for George Russell to Mercedes has been rumoured to be gaining traction. Whilst the most dramatic part of the F1 silly season may be over, it might not have ended just yet.
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