Ferrari's Vettel mocks rumour he's quitting F1 now 2019 is over

Ferrari's Vettel mocks rumour he's quitting F1 now 2019 is over

Ferrari's Vettel mocks rumour he's quitting F1 now 2019 is over

Leclerc, 22, enjoyed a strong first season with Ferrari, scoring more points, more wins and more pole positions than his team-mate, the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

"So, I am totally relaxed about the situation".

"I'm well aware that you can't win them all and I've been extremely fortunate and done a relatively decent job over the years", he said.

Wolff added that "conversations are going to begin" with Hamilton over a potential new contract, without giving details as to when.

"And everything points to our relationship [with Hamilton] to continue, but in life you never know". "We know that our auto is not fast enough, is not reliable enough, but let's say we've now got some time ahead and we are trying at least to create some solid foundations with the team, with our organisation, and eventually try to challenge the others in a better way next year".

Hamilton is one of several F1 drivers, including both current Ferrari drivers, whose contracts expire at the end of next year.

"I have started to embrace the fact that everybody has objectives and needs to have the best possible opportunity for his career", said Wolff, who has been tipped as a replacement for Formula One head Chase Carey.

Albon was the last of the drivers to qualify on the medium tyres, which he feels will be interesting, particularly in relation to Sebastian Vettel in fourth the only driver in the top five starting on the softer compound.

He scored another eight podiums over the season, including second in Canada having finished first on the road before being relegated by a time penalty, and Vettel's results amounted to fifth in the championship - his worst result since joining Ferrari in 2015.

Although Vettel made it over the line before the chequered flag, Leclerc was unable to set another lap.

Replaced by Esteban Ocon for 2020 and with all the other moves, the German will start what could finally prove his last F1 race in ninth place as Renault want to keep Toro Rosso fifth in the championship.

"We didn't have the year we were hoping for, full stop". The start will be important as overtaking is hard around here but it's a long race and we will of course be going for the win as always.

Still, the audacious Dutchman found some extra speed to overtake Leclerc and assuredly held the Monegasque driver off as he tried to overtake him back down the right.

Bottas had been quickest in Friday's first two practice sessions, with Verstappen topping the time sheets in Saturday's earlier third practice.

"Valtteri was very quick towards the end", Leclerc said.

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