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Vettel hints he'll stay put 'for the next few years'

F1 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettel may be at the centre of something of a tug-of-war over his future services between Red Bull Racing and Ferrari, but he hints he is quite happy where he is...for now, at least
Defending F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel has hinted that he is likely to remain at Red Bull Racing for at least 'the next few years' – although he has done little to dispel continuing speculation that he will one day find himself kitted out in scarlet overalls.

There has been a media tug-of-war over Vettel in recent months, with Ferrari making no attempt to hide the fact that it hopes and expects to secure the German's services 'sooner or later', and Red Bull in-turn stressing time and again that the 23-year-old is going nowhere [see separate story – click here] – with team principal Christian Horner having previously quipped, indeed, that he would like to hold onto his young protégé until 2028.

However, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has now said that there is 'nothing' to the rumours, and despite confessing in the past that it would be a 'dream' to drive for the legendary Scuderia one day, Vettel too has intimated that such a day is not likely to come around all that soon.

“I feel very good, both contractually as well as in my mind for the next few years,” the ten-time grand prix-winner – who should he finish inside the top three in the title chase again this season, is automatically bound to RBR for 2012 – told German news agency SID. “At the moment there is not much to discuss, but I'm still young...”



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Alan D - Unregistered

February 03, 2011 1:28 PM

When Schuey moved to Ferrari it came completely out of the blue. Everyone said MS was mad to move from a race-winning outfit to the has-beens at Ferrari and everyone said Ferrari was mad to pay so much for a driver. How wrong we all were. But since then, Ferrari thinks this is the formula to success, so first with Kimi, and now with Alonso, they are putting big bucks into high profile drivers, as if that was the magic ingredient. The real magic ingredient was the way MS along with Brawn and Todt rebuilt the culture at Ferrari and turned it into a real team. If Vettel wants to do a "schuey" in the future, maybe it needs to be with a "has-been" team like, say, Williams.

slightlysideways

February 04, 2011 10:29 AM

I agree, Ferrari was a bit of a laughing stock with two factories in different countries with poor cooperation. Todt Schuey and Brawn did an amazing job in resssurecting the sleeping giant. I read in a book on MS that the Ferrari team used to drink wine for lunch every day- things like this were changed for the better under the new leadership. It would be great to see Williams back at the top, but I can't see Vettel making as bold a move as his compatriot did, and who would blame him?



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