Sebastian Vettel may walk away from Ferrari having never delivered the Formula One title the proud Italian team so desperately wants.
The four-time world champion is leaving at the end of the year by mutual consent. But it remains uncertain if the season will start amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the first 10 races already postponed or canceled.
Observers expected him to break Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 titles. Now that is within reach of world champion Lewis Hamilton, who has six.
Hamilton’s rise with Mercedes has been mirrored by Vettel’s gradual slide at Ferrari.
Of Vettel’s 53 career wins, 14 came with Ferrari, including only one last year.