Who are the top contenders to replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari?
Latest odds on who’s going to take the second Ferrari seat
After Sebastian Vettel announced he’ll leave Ferrari at the end of the Formula 1 season, it immediately triggered speculation over who will come in to replace him.
The four-time world champion played second fiddle to teammate Charles Leclerc during the 2019 campaign.
Now, with a prized spot at the Prancing Horse up for grabs, who’ll be racing alongside Leclerc next season? We’ve taken a look at the leading contenders, according to the latest odds.
Carlos Sainz (8/11)
Carlos Sainz is now in pole position as the odds-on favourite, having seen plenty of interest from Coral customers. The Spaniard has impressed for McLaren and seems to be happy where he is, but could he pass up the chance to join Ferrari?
He’s looked promising in the midfield and has earned one podium spot during his F1 career so far, but you feel there’s still more to come from the 25-year-old. Is he now ready for the next level?
Daniel Ricciardo (11/4)
Our traders also have Daniel Ricciardo in the mix to replace Vettel. The Australian has been open about his desire to move on from Renault.
He reportedly wanted to join the Scuderia when he left Red Bull in 2018, but Ferrari opted for Leclerc instead.
Ricciardo ended up joining Renault, where things haven’t really worked out for him. Now the seven-time Grand Prix winner could get the move he really wanted in the first place.
Valtteri Bottas (15/2)
If Ferrari are after a driver they can count on, then Valtteri Bottas could be their man.
With plenty of experience and seven Grand Prix wins to his name, the Finn has proven he can handle the pressure that comes with driving for one of the biggest teams in the sport.
However, after largely being in Lewis Hamilton’s shadow at Mercedes, would he want a similar role with Leclerc at Ferrari?
Daniil Kvyat (8/1)
Ferrari already know Daniil Kvyat well – he was their simulator driver in 2018. Other than Vettel, Kvyat is the only driver to put Toro Rosso on the podium in F1.
He also replaced the German when making the step up to Toro Rosso’s parent team, Red Bull, in 2015. However, he struggled at Red Bull and was demoted back to Toro Rosso.
Can he handle a big spotlight? And would Ferrari think it’s worth taking a chance on him?
Lewis Hamilton (16/1)
Surely not? Having started as a 25/1 shot, Lewis Hamilton is now 16/1 to leave Mercedes for Ferrari.
His contact may be up at the end of the season, but it’s only recently that the world champion said that he was very happy with his ‘dream team’.
Despite that, if Ferrari get any indication that the Stevenage-born star is open to a move, you’d imagine they’d want to talk to him.
It would shake up the F1 world, but Hamilton lining up in Ferrari red next season could now be a genuine possibility.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication