Jacques Villeneuve has described Sebastian Vettel’s last season with Ferrari as “agony”, but he believes he still has millions of reasons to be happy.
Ever since it was announced that a four-time World Cup would leave the team at the end of the 2020 season, it has been largely an issue with the two going through the moves together before they could to go on their individual paths.
His P13 low finish in the World Championship, unassisted by a highly competitive Ferrari car, was Vettel ‘s worst result when he took part in a full Formula 1 season.
And a former pundit driver, Villeneuve, like many others, struggles to see many positive things because he is finally between them… and Vettel has money in the bank anyway.
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“It has been a very difficult year for Vettel,” Villeneuve said. Grandpx.news told Sky Sports in Italy.
“It was a real harassment and he will be happy to go home. He can now recharge the batteries and start thinking about next year.
“Vettel has done everything for Ferrari, but a few years ago you saw that Ferrari started doing everything [Charles] Leclerc. Even the car was made for him.
“Vettel didn’t get a good car this year, but it did get it from Ferrari before. But in those times, he made too many mistakes. This year the problem was the crew and the car, of course.
“Before that it was the hero and the one who needed help to move Ferrari forward. After that it was about Leclerc.
“Vettel can at least look at his bank account and laugh. ”
Lewis Hamilton is thought to be the highest paid Formula 1 with his current Mercedes contract, which expires at the end of the month, worth £ 40million in the reported year .
But Vettel is often cited as the second highest – earning driver, with Ferrari ‘s salary claiming to be around £ 37million a year.
Vettel is believed to have taken a huge pay cut to stay in Formula 1 with Aston Martin from next season and signed a £ 14million-a-year deal.
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