Max Verstappen tips Carlos Sainz for Daniel Ricciardo for Sebastian Vettel's seat

LONDON: Red Bull's Max Verstappen consider spanish Carlos Sainz more likely to replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari next year Daniel Ricciardo .

Ferrari announced Tuesday that four-time world champion Vettel would leave them at the end of the season.

Sainz of McLaren and Ricciardo of Renault, considered the top contenders for one of the most coveted seats in the sport, were teammates at the 22-year-old Dutch Verstappen at Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) and Red Bull respectively.

There was some speculation, will it continue with Ferrari or not? Well, he's out today. Not there, Verstappen said in an Instagram Q&awithformerrunningbackdavidcoulthardforteamsponsorpuma.

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I guess very soon we will find out who will be the replacement. It is definitely not me, I can tell you. I'm at Red Bull, added Verstappen, whose contract runs through the end of 2023.

When asked if he thought Vettel's replacement would be the name that sounds in Italian or Spanish, Verstappen replied: I think it won't be the name that sounds in Italian ... it's just a guess, we'll have to wait and see.

Both Ricciardo and Sainz, who are already in their third team at the age of 25 after a stint at Renault before McLaren, are out of contract at the end of the season.