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Former Ferrari president Montezemolo weighs in on Vettel saga

2020-04-29 15:00

Luca di Montezemolo says that if he was still Ferrari president, he would re-sign Sebastian Vettel for 2021.

The 72-year-old's successors at Maranello have reportedly offered Vettel a new deal, but the one-year offer with a big pay-cut has been described by insiders as a "joke".

When asked by Leo Turrini if he would give the quadruple world champion a new deal, former Ferrari president Montezemolo answered: "Yes.

"Seb is still very fast, he has a lot of experience and I don't think he is in a crisis of motivation. In addition, his presence would also be useful to Leclerc, who is very talented but must confirm himself at the top after a splendid season and therefore will have a lot more pressure on him."

Montezemolo was also asked about Formula 1's unprecedented crisis amid the corona pandemic, and thinks that even with a shorter and condensed calendar a "worthy champion" can still be crowned in 2020.

"It would be a season destined to go down in history for its uniqueness," he said.

"I hope it will be possible to restart, but it's the same for our Serie A - only with guaranteed safety and behind closed doors, because this will be the spectacle of sport for a short time, I fear," Montezemolo added.

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