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Sebastian Vettel on verge of quitting Ferrari

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Sebastian Vettel is reportedly ready to quit racing with Ferrari after his contract runs out at the end of next season.

The former World Champion has become increasingly frustrated with his team, and according to Mark Webber, he is ready to sever ties with the Italians once his contract ends should they make no improvement in 2017.

Webber told the Sun: "Next year is a massive year for Ferrari and Sebastian.


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"It is a juggernaut in terms of their collective belief in the team and whether they have the weapons in place to get the job done."

Vettel has not won a race for 12 months since he finished first in the Singapore Grand Prix in September 2015, with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen finishing on the podium as well.

Since then, success has been hard to come by for the Italian constructors, who have seen their former dominance in the sport taken over by the likes of Mercedes.      

The Germans, who have Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton driving for them, are consistently on the podium and sit at the top of the Constructors Championship.

Vettel's former teammate Webber has also said this is the kind of success Ferrari should be targeting.

“Ferrari have to target Mercedes and start winning week in and week out.

“This season there was championship talk at the start of the year in Melbourne and then Seb did not even do the formation lap in Bahrain!

“The momentum, consistency and getting the team together has not worked. It is a disappointing season for them and they have not even achieved their potential.

"Even things like reliability, they have not even managed to bag that. Strategy looks flakey at times. They look reactive rather than proactive, so next year is a massive year for them."

Should 2017 not see any improvement from Ferrari, it's likely that Vettel will seek to race with another team and return to the former glory that led him to four consecutive championship wins between 2010 and 2013.

At only 29-years-old, the German should be in his prime but instead, finds himself shackled to a team that seems to be in decline rather than on the rise.

The only thing that's clear at this stage is that 2017 will be a make or break year for Vettel and Ferarri.

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