Ross Brawn believes Sebastian Vettel’s move to Aston Martin will be a “fresh start” for the German under attack.
Vettel contested his last Red Grand Prix on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, P14, on a night when Ferrari did not score a single point.
It was a snapshot of his 2020 season, a season when he was second best after Charles Leclerc on the Yas Marina circuit and when it was difficult to get points.
Vettel finished the championship with a disappointing P13 with just 33 points.
However, he wasn’t the only rider to say goodbye to a team on Sunday evening. Carlos Sainz helped McLaren finish third in the Constructors’ Championship in his final race for the Woking team, while Daniel Ricciardo drove his final Grand Prix in Renault colors.
“The grid for 2021 will be very different as several riders will leave the sport while others switch teams to start a new chapter,” wrote Brawn in his post-race column.
“Carlos Sainz said goodbye at a high point before he switched from McLaren to Ferrari. The Spaniard has stepped up his game again this season, while Daniel Ricciardo finished his time at Renault with points and the fastest lap of the race before joining McLaren.
“This was another chastening weekend for Sebastian Vettel, but the Aston Martin project gives him the chance to start over after the toughest season of his career.”
The 2020 P13 was Vettel’s worst result in Formula 1, even worse than his debut season with Toro Rosso, where he finished eighth.
– Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) December 13, 2020
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While Formula 1 likely also lost Daniil Kvyat and either Alex Albon or Sergio Perez off the grid, Chase Carey was another man to say goodbye.
The Formula 1 boss resigned to Abu Dhabi and handed the reins to the former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali.
Brawn applauded Carey for what he has done for the sport since it owned Liberty Media.
“Thank you to our CEO Chase Carey for the past four years,” he said.
“As an“ outsider ”of Formula 1, he understood the complexity and nuances of our sport in a remarkable way.
“He gave us a new perspective on the commercial side and an enthusiastic perspective on the sport itself. He has shown true leadership skills during difficult times.
“From a personal perspective, Chase has been a pleasure to work with, and I am delighted that he will remain part of the family as the non-executive chairman.”
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