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Ferrari: Vettel will drive for us sooner or later

Ferrari target Sebastian Vettel, keen to pair the German with Fernando Alonso in 2012?

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said that the Scuderia would love to sign Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel, who became the youngest F1 champion in the history of the sport this year, is contracted to Red Bull until 2011 and the Milton Keynes-based outfit also has an option on the German for 2012. However it would appear that the 23-year-old is very much on Ferrari's radar.

“Sebastian is fast, intelligent and young,” Montezemolo told Express. “He will drive a red car sooner or later.”

Indeed it is understood Ferrari is keen to pair Sebastian Vettel with Fernando Alonso in 2012, a potentially formidable line-up, although hardly likely to be the most harmonious.

The Cologne 'paper also adds that Ferrari recently tried to poach Red Bull's design guru, Adrian Newey. Newey allegedly rejected the offer.

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz meanwhile admitted recently that the Milton Keynes-based outfit may struggle to keep Vettel in the long term.

"[If the car was not competitive], we would let him go even if he had a contract," Mateschitz told Welt am Sonntag last month.

"Seb wants to drive for Ferrari some day. [But] we will make it as difficult a decision for him as possible."

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Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 race winner and 2010 Champion
Celebration, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 race winner and 2010 champion
Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 race winner and 2010 Champion
Saturday Practice, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo(ita), President Scuderia Ferrari
Saturday Practice, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo(ita), President Scuderia Ferrari
Qualifying, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo(ita), President Scuderia Ferrari

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sixtenths - Unregistered

December 23, 2010 11:05 AM

I think we all know just how much Alonso would love Vettel, or Kubica for that matter, he is so irrepressibly enthusiastic about having competitive teammates in equal cars. I remember 2007 when he loved the idea so much he went and hid in a slow Renault for 2 years because he enjoyed it so much at McLaren.


December 23, 2010 12:16 PM

I think the news here is they wanted Newey. With the lockdown on testing, its difficult to play catch up if your car's not fast from day 1. The new rules suit Newey big time. His cars have always been fast. In the past Ferrari could throw tons of cash and do hundreds of testing miles - between races to catch up but not any more. FA is the leader and will not like SV at all. SV could get into his head the way LH did (and still does)

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