Why the Ferrari dream is as good as over for Vettel

Why the Ferrari dream is as good as over for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel was once seen as Ferrari's saviour in its post-Fernando Alonso era but, after a run of errors from the four-time world champion, Charles Leclerc is fast overtaking Vettel in the pecking order. Is the Ferrari dream now over?

What began at Monza 11 years ago may just have ended there last Sunday. Charles Leclerc cut a similarly euphoric figure to the other 21-year-old who strode across the bridge to Formula 1's most iconic podium back in 2008, but the contrast after the latest running of the Italian Grand Prix could not have been starker. What would Sebastian Vettel have given to have emulated his younger self and won again?

It feels like the decisive generational shift, one that's been coming all season. Vettel will have headed to Monza believing all he needed was a clean run and a Tifosi-pleasing victory to end his year-long drought.

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