Sebastian Vettel, F1 Winter Testing, Barcelona © Freddie Coates

German media has reported tonight that Sebastian Vettel is to leave Ferrari Formula 1 team at the end of the 2020.

Bild and Auto Motor und Sport reported that the news would be confirmed on Tuesday by Ferrari.

Sources to Motorsport.com also confirm the news.

Four-time champion Vettel’s contract talks have been rumoured to be difficult with reports that he turned down a one year deal with a pay drop.

Charles Leclerc conversely was signed until 2024 by Ferrari with a significant pay increase.

In 2019, Vettel was overshadowed by his young teammate who was in his first season with the Scuderia.

There is speculation over the continuation of Vettel’s F1 career and he has already been linked to Renault and McLaren.

Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz, by extension are the key players being touted to step into the Ferrari seat.

Ricciardo outclassed Vettel considerably when he stepped up to the Red Bull senior team in 2014, out-qualifying the reigning world champion 14 times and taking three wins.

Sainz took his maiden podium at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix after a stellar season for a resurgent McLaren team finishing 6th in the championship.

Max Verstappen has also recently signed a long term deal with Red Bull which rules him out of the seat and would likely prevent any return to the team for Vettel.

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Sebastian Vettel, Winter Testing 2020 © Ferrari

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