Former world champion Jenson Button says he is shocked that Sebastian Vettel will not drive for Ferrari next season and that it would be « madness » if the team pushed him out.

Ferrari said last week that four-time world champion Vettel would leave them at the end of the 2020 season, after talks on a new contract ended without a deal.

They then replaced the German with Spaniard Carlos Sainz to race alongside Charles Leclerc.

German media had reported that Vettel, who won 14 races with Ferrari and is their third-most successful driver, had rejected a one-year extension with a reduced salary, but the 32-year-old said financial matters played no part in the joint decision.

« If he was pushed, for me it’s madness, » Button, the 2009 world champion, told Sky Sports.

« He showed his speed last year. He had a tough moment in the season when Charles was performing really well and that hurt him a bit mentally. But he came back strong. … He’s somebody you’d definitely choose to put in your car if you had an F1 team.

« There must be more to it. I don’t know if Ferrari are going down the route of not wanting two No. 1 drivers or what, but it’s a really strange choice for me and I’m still shocked that Sebastian [won’t be] in a red car. »

The 2020 season has yet to start due to the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/29193607/madness-ferrari-pushed-vettel-button

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