Traditonally speaking, F1′s silly season has been talk during the off season about driver movements. But now, the silly season seems to run all year long. That’s if the BBC’s latest report on Sebastian Vettel’s future is to be believed.
Both Vettel and Mark Webber are contracted to Red Bull for the 2013, but it’s where they will drive in 2014 that is of concern here, especially for Vettel. Mark will probably retire from F1 with talk he will drive for Porsche at Le Mans in 2014.
Sebastian Vettel, though, is headed to Ferrari, according to Andrew Benson, and already has an agreement to join them in 2014 if they meet performance criteria at certain stages next year. Apparently Fernando Alonso, signed to Ferrari until 2016, has a bit of input as to who sits alongside him in the garage and reckons he can work with Vettel.
We’re told Alonso has already knocked back Lewis Hamilton, after their disastrous working relationship at McLaren. And it’s also said that Fernando is happy work with Massa again in 2013—is that really a surprise? But Vettel would be a whole new ball game, sure to provide plenty of off-track thrills and spills.
However, Christan Horner isn’t sitting in a corner and has stated categorically, “Sebastian Vettel, without a shadow of doubt, will be part of the Red Bull Racing team in 2014.”
Ferrari, too, don’t want us to believe the talk. Still living off the Michael Schumacher legacy, Luca di Montezemolo says he doesn’t want two drivers racing against each other.
“I don’t want problems and rivalries, which we didn’t have between Schumacher and Irvine, between Schumacher and Barrichello, between Alonso and Massa or Massa and Schumi or Massa and Raikkonen,” he said.
We want it to happen though. Imagine it, Alonso versus Vettel in the same garage. The dummy spits and paranoia would be sensational!
[Source: BBC | Pic: Ferrari]