Formula One's latest full-time addition, Sebastian Vettel, has admitted that the chance to race in the top flight overshadowed the decision as to which of his backers to remain 'loyal' to.

The German makes the step up to join Scuderia Toro Rosso in Hungary this weekend, replacing Scott Speed, and will take the American's seat for 2008 following an official announcement from STR on Thursday. Already with a point under his belt from his debut with BMW in the USGP, Vettel was asked whether he considered himself on loan to STR, or whether he now considered himself more of a Red Bull driver than a representative of the German marque.

"I think the most important thing is that I was supported by both of them quite early on," he replied tactfully, "Since 2005, I was supported by BMW, and earlier than that by Red Bull. I did the race at Indy for BMW as a reserve driver for Robert [Kubica] and, for sure, as a race driver, you want to race, so I took the possibility to come to Toro Rosso and race."

With much speculation surrounding the make-up of STR's 2008 line-up still circulating - the team had an option on Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais until 31 July - Vettel also revealed that he had been in talks with the Faenza-based squad for some time.

"All our talks and stuff started a bit earlier than [the start of the week] but, 100 per cent, I knew at the start of the week," he said of the deal that will see him partner Tonio Liuzzi at the Hungaroring.

 

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