Who will replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari? Ricciardo, Hamilton and Mick Schumacher feature in market

Who will replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari? Ricciardo, Hamilton and Mick Schumacher feature in market

The four-time world champion has failed to reach an agreement over his contract with Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of this F1 season, and bookies make McLaren’s Carlos Sainz favourite to replace him.

Four-time F1 world champion Vettel has failed to reach an agreement with the Italian team having driven for them since 2015. Since the news, bookies have priced up the candidates to replace him.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz (7/4) has been linked to Vettel’s seat, and is now odds-on in places to replace the German. Meanwhile, Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (33/1, but as short as 12/1) is another option should Ferrari choose to promote him from the affiliated Alfa Romeo team.

Daniel Ricciardo (4/1), who currently drives for Renault and was successful at Red Bull previously, follows Sainz in the market. The seven-time Grand Prix winner was Vettel’s understudy at the Milton-Keynes based team.

Elsewhere in the market, Giovinazzi’s teammate and ex-Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen is priced at 50/1, while six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is a 9/1 shot with some bookies, but 20/1 best price. He’s out of contract with Mercedes too, but has indicated he will stay with them.

There are a host of big names further down the market, including Valterri Bottas (33/1) and former great Fernando Alonso (33/1, but as short as 11/1).

Ferrari fans will be interested to see Mick Schumacher in the market as short as 20/1. The son of the legendary Michael Schumacher currently drives in Formula 2, but is also affiliated to the Ferrari Driver Academy. The 21-year-old, who idolises Vettel, had a mixed season in F2 but won his maiden race in Budapest back in August.

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: "Sebastian Vettel was never able to fulfil his dream of replicating hero Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, but a vacant seat at the illustrious Italian team is always big news.

"It’s no surprise to see so many familiar names in the market to replace the German, but while Mick Schumacher would be a fairy-tale, it’s probably a little too soon for the youngster. The experienced Ricciardo could prove to be the wisest foil for Charles Leclerc."


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