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Sebastian Vettel calms Ferrari rumours

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Sebastian Vettel has quelled speculation of a switch to Ferrari, at least for next year.

The German has been drafted in to the ever increasing rumours surrounding the future of Fernando Alonso after Italian media claimed a shock swap between the two drivers was set to be announced, however, nothing came of the reports.

Nothing new

Talk of Vettel joining Ferrari is nothing new, many believed it would be his destiny to one day follow in the footsteps of his hero Michael Schumacher and step behind the wheel of a Prancing Horse.

The current increase in interest comes as Alonso is potentially considering a move to former team McLaren while Vettel endures his most difficult year at Red Bull since joining in 2009.

After four consecutive world championships, the German has failed to capture a single victory in 2014 with his second place finish in Singapore last weekend his best of the year.


To make matters worse, Vettel has been largely overshadowed by his new team-mate for this year, Daniel Ricciardo, as the Australian has scored three wins and currently lies third in the Drivers' championship - 57 points clear of Sebastian.

Some believe the shock of being dominated by a team-mate in his first year at the team could spark Vettel into looking elsewhere, however, instead the 27-year-old has been full of praise for Ricciardo's achievements.

"Daniel has done a very, very good job and has made life difficult for me," he was quoted by Australian media.

"But it's good for the team's morale. His results have proved that our car isn't as bad as all that."

Mercedes dominance

Also, some believe the arrival of Mercedes as the team to beat in Formula 1, and the subsequent struggles of Red Bull to match them, could see Vettel consider his options.

After all, the key issue with the RB10 has not been the car itself, though he has had four chassis' over the course of the season, but the Renault power unit which has proven underpowered and much more difficult to drive than its German rival.

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More to prove

Finally there is the case that after four straight championships and as new blood continues to emerge in the Red Bull driver academy, that maybe Vettel has nothing left to prove with the Austrian drinks giant and the company that helped him in his rise to the top.

Despite this, however, Vettel believes he still has more success to come and wants to help Red Bull recover from their slight slump.

"I've still got a lot to achieve with this team and I want to do everything to ensure that we make a comeback," he told Germany's Sport Bild.

"I've already said on numerous occasions that I've got a contract with Red Bull for next year and I'm working on the principle that I will still be driving for them."


The team have been very protective of him throughout this year giving him new chassis' and generally trying to maintain the image that there is nothing wrong with Vettel the driver, despite his struggles against Ricciardo.

There has also been the talk in recent weeks over whether Red Bull should be asking Vettel to assist his team-mate as he maintains the only real viable threat to the Mercedes' in the Drivers' championship.

But events in Singapore last week proved that indeed team boss Christian Horner's claims of no such interference would be true as, despite Rosberg's retirement, the team elected not to ask Vettel to allow Ricciardo through and pick up what could have been a vital extra three points.


For the future it really comes down to two things, can Vettel match Red Bull's expectations and can Red Bull match Vettel's.

Next year is a vital year as is it the last on Vettel's current contract and after a lacklustre 2014, if the disappointing results continue then one side or the other may be forced to part ways.

There is also the threat from the young drivers coming through the Red Bull system as Daniil Kvyat impresses at Toro Rosso plus there is the buzz surrounding their newest member, 16-year-old Max Verstappen.

Given the cut throat nature of Red Bull and despite the still quite obvious favouritism from key figure Helmut Marko, if the team believe one of these young drivers could offer better than an ageing Vettel then would they have the balls to axe the man who has brought them so much success?

Can Ferrari deliver?

Also pivotal will be whether Ferrari can also deliver on their promise of a new era of competitiveness and become the force they once were.

If the can then Vettel would almost certainly be interested, if not then Red Bull would likely remain his favoured option, but consider this, if Alonso leaves believing he can achieve greater success elsewhere, then that wouldn't send a great message to a man who is likel just as hungry to add to a flourishing CV.

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