Carlos Sainz was willing to accept what Sebastian Vettel would not, being number two at Ferrari, says Bernie Ecclestone.
Last season Vettel teamed up with Charles Leclerc for the first time, the Monégasque driver promoted after a season with Alfa Romeo.
Vettel was given “priority” status but lost that midway through the season as Leclerc claimed Ferrari’s first two wins.
While the 22-year-old became the darling of Ferrari’s management and the Italian media, even when he made mistakes, Vettel was vilified for his.
At the end of the year Leclerc was handed a long-term deal that will keep him at Ferrari until the end of 2024.
Vettel was only reportedly offered a one-year extension for the 2021 season.
The German said no and supposedly leaked the news of his departure with reports claiming he wasn’t happy with the way Ferrari’s politics was shaping up as it favoured Leclerc.
His seat at the Scuderia has instead gone to Sainz.
The McLaren driver has signed a two-year deal, one that speculation already has him firmly taking on a number two role to Leclerc.
Ecclestone believes that is the case.
Although the 89-year-old acknowledges that Sainz is a talented driver, he feels the Spaniard will be “number two” and happy with that role.
“Sainz suddenly grows up to be a very competitive driver,” the former F1 chief told Bild, “He is also very talented.
“He would be easy for the team to handle.
“At Ferrari he will be number two but he would have no problem being number two at Ferrari.”
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