Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone believes that 4-Time world champion Sebastian Vettel was not supported enough during his stint at Ferrari, especially during the later years. He revealed that he had texted Vettel after Baku, congratulating him on his success.
Vettel had a strong start with the Scuderia, regularly contesting with Lewis Hamilton in the title race, however towards 2019, his relationship with Ferrari seemed to deteriorate after mixed results, and the 2020 season was the last straw.
“The team just needs to get it all together [so he can win races]. I very much hope that Aston Martin will provide him with a car that can win as soon as possible,” Ecclestone said.
“Sebastian came [to Ferrari] as a four-time world champion,” he added. “He was not treated the way he deserved. He lacked support and affection.”
Vettel joined Aston Martin and secured his first podium for the team in a dramatic Azerbaijan GP, and Ecclestone believed that it was a sign things could return to how it was at Vettel’s best.
“I congratulated Sebastian in a text message and wrote: ‘It looks like you are slowly becoming the old one again,'” Ecclestone explained.
“Just last year he was left alone. That’s why I tried in the background to keep him in Formula 1 and to accommodate him in a good team. I wanted him to be happy again.”