Reports: Sebastian Vettel leaving Ferrari after the 2020 F1 season

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Multiple outlets in Europe are reporting that Formula One star Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari after the 2020 season.

Autosport, BBC Sport and Auto Motor Sport reported the four-time F1 champion’s tenure with the Italian team will end after Vettel and Ferrari failed to agree to terms on a new deal.

Vettel, who won four consecutive world titles from 2010-13 with Red Bull Racing, joined Ferrari with the 2015 season.

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The German has 14 wins in 101 starts with Ferrari and finished runner-up to six-time champion Lewis Hamilton in the points standings in 2017 and ’18. Vettel had 39 victories in 139 starts from 2007-14.

Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo and Antonio Giovinazzi have been mentioned as potential candidates to replace Vettel at Ferrari.

Hamilton also is in a contract year. He has expressed an interest to stay at Mercedes, where he has five championships in the past six years.

Because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Formula One has yet to race in 2020. The series hopes to start the season with a July 5 doubleheader in Austria. It’s possible that 15 to 18 of the originally scheduled 22 races will happen.