Bernie Ecclestone, a eager gambler, has a phrase of funding recommendation: put your cash on Sebastian Vettel for the world title.
The 88-year-old System One mogul has been in contact just lately with the German – they’re backgammon-playing mates – and the impression he will get is that the Ferrari man is able to rip the crown out of Lewis Hamilton’s grasp.
‘Sebastian will do it,’ declared Ecclestone forward of Sunday’s opening race in Melbourne.
Bernie Ecclestone is placing his cash on Sebastian Vettel for the System One world title
As that endorsement was delivered Vettel was on stage within the metropolis‘s Federation Sq. as a part of a brand new initiative – a season launch attended by all 20 drivers and a few eight thousand followers.
Vettel, who was bruised by the evaporation of his title ambitions final 12 months that price workforce principal Maurizio Arrivabene his job, used the stage to disclose that he’s calling his 2019 Ferrari ‘Lina’, sustaining his custom of adopting a girl’s title for his chariot.
Ecclestone mentioned: ‘Sebastian is in excellent spirits, very relaxed. The automotive is fast. We noticed that in testing and I believe Ferrari will actually have gotten it collectively this 12 months.
Vettel, who final received the title in 2013, has completed runner-up in every of the previous two seasons
‘Ferrari profitable the title is what System One wants. It will be completely tremendous and I believe it can occur.
‘Lewis might be sturdy, although. He’s nonetheless super-competitive however he’s doing a number of different issues in his life – style and music and no matter.
‘It’s what he desires to do. He’s not a driver who simply stays at residence when he leaves the observe. Having different tasks on the go has labored for him prior to now and I’m not saying he ought to change. However he should handle every thing properly to tackle Sebastian.
‘Ferrari have now acquired Mattia Binotto in as workforce principal. That might be higher than final 12 months below Maurizio. I favored Maurizio however he was a bit out of his depth in that job – he was a advertising and marketing govt and not likely the suitable match for the duty. It wasn’t truthful on him.’
Ecclestone believes the Ferrari man is able to rip the crown out of Lewis Hamilton’s (L) grasp
Vettel, 31, spent the winter break quietly, as is his wont. He hates the general public eye. ‘I simply tried to recharge my batteries and did not go wherever,’ he mentioned. ‘I stayed at residence.’
He was relaxed on Wednesday, including: ‘There has clearly been a giant change with Mattia taking on however he’s not a brand new face. He has been with the workforce for longer than most – 25 years (lastly as technical director earlier than touchdown the workforce principal function). Folks belief him.
‘We want to flip a web page. We had weaknesses to work on from final 12 months. Now the spirit is sweet and the automotive is heading in the right direction.’
The unpretentious Vettel, a four-time world champion, eschewed a chauffeur-driven automotive again from the launch, opting as an alternative for a push bike to return to his resort by the Yarra River.