13 January 2012
Domenicali admits interest in Vettel, Newey
Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has admitted that both Sebastian Vettel and Adrian Newey would be interesting acquisitions for the Scuderia.
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has refused to rule out either Sebastian Vettel or Adrian Newey becoming a part of the Scuderia's F1 future, even though both appear happily ensconsed at current world champions Red Bull.
Speaking to journalists at Ferrari's annual Wrooom media event high in the Italian Dolomites, Domenicali admitted that he had been impressed by Vettel's achievements over the past two seasons - in which the young German clinched back-to-back titles - and teased them with the possibility of pairing him with current Maranello team leader Fernando Alonso, the last driver to win consecutive F1 crowns.
Alonso's contract was last year extended through to the end of 2016, while Vettel's current RBR deal lasts until 2014, so any thoughts of putting the two together in a 'dream team' is clearly some way off, but Domenicali hinted that there was no reason not to consider the prospect.
"Never say never," he smiled, "[Vettel] is a great driver and he did an incredible job last season. To win [the title] two seasons in a row is not easy. What he achieved last season, with the pole positions and the number of victories, [he compares well], so we will see."
Domenicali expressed similar sentiments when it came to chasing the services of current RBR penman Newey, who has racked up an impressive record of designing championship-winning cars during his time with the likes of Williams, McLaren and, now, Red Bull, although he conceded that there was less chance of of luring the Briton to Italy.
"I think that Adrian Newey showed his capability in a fantastic way in the last couple of years, but what he would like to do in the future, well we will see....," he noted, "[For now], I want to make sure that my engineers, my technical directors, my chief designer are pushing like hell. I want them to show to [Newey] how good they are. That's my objective at the moment."
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