Following confirmation that Carlos Sainz Jr will be replacing Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari for 2021, many have identified it as a return to the team's 'old ways'.
Much of Ferrari's success through the years has been attained while operating a clear 'number one' and 'number two' driver philosophy, best evidenced by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello.
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- Ferrari announces Sainz as Vettel replacement
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The same was true with Fernando Alonso and his team-mates, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen then played second-fiddle to Vettel in their four seasons together, acting as a good foil to the four-time world champion.