The rumours of Sebastian Vettel being not satisfied with Ferrari’s offer had been circulating these past few weeks, but no conclusion could yet be drawn as there were still negotiations happening between the two parties. But it seems like they could not find a common ground as as Vettel will be leaving the Italian racing outfit at the end of the year.

“There was no specific reason that led to this decision, apart from the common and amicable belief that the time had come to go our separate ways in order to reach our respective objectives”, said Team Principal Mattia Binotto.

“Sebastian is already part of the Scuderia’s history, with his 14 Grands Prix wins making him the third most successful driver for the team, while he is also the one who has scored the most points with us,” he added.

Surprisingly, Vettel said that the decision to split was not on the monetary reason, which tosses the previous rumours out of the window where Vettel was not satisfied with his salary reduction.

“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.”

With the decision finalized, this leaves us with two important questions for the 2021 season. Who will be filling in the empty seat in Ferrari, and where will the four-time world champion go after this?