On June 26, Williams released a new outfit for the FW43, after sponsor ROKiT canceled the contract early. The new design looks stronger and smoother, but can’t hide the reality of Williams’ dim future in F1 racing.
The parent company is willing to sell Williams if the price is right. Their mission this season is to compete well to attract investors. The last two seasons, they were last. But young talents like Nicholas Lafiti and George Russell are expected to change the face of Williams this season.
During a four-month hiatus, a series of transfer deals was announced. Most significant is the breakup between Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari. Carlos Sainz will take Vettel’s place, while Daniel Ricciardo will replace Sainz at McLaren.
These deals are only activated from the following season, and may affect the determination of the riders this season. Fans expect Vettel to play, and what his future will be like. It’s also impossible to ignore Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, when both are out of contract with Mercedes later this season.
Despite fierce competition, all racing teams support the movement against racism or inequality. F1 hung a sign with the words “Stop racism” at the Red Bull Ring. Mercedes also replaced the new black outfit for the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Vettel is not trusted by Binotto’s team
Sebastian Vettel was surprised when Ferrari leader – Mattia Binotto – actively called to ask for a contract to end at the end of 2020.
On 12/5, Ferrari announced the farewell of Vettel at the end of this season. Various sources, including the previous Gazetta dello Sport, revealed that Ferrari offered an extended year, but Vettel had to reduce his salary. The Ferrari home page quoted Vettel as saying that finance is not a problem.
The future of Vettel after 2020 is a topic of concern in F1 village. The German driver has not yet determined the next plan. Spanish driver Carlos Sainz will replace Vettel at Ferrari since the 2021 season. Vettel is expected to join Mercedes, with both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas out of contract at the end of the season.