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Official: Vettel + Raikkonen at Ferrari, Alonso out

Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Kimmi Raikkonen

Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has reached an agreement of three years duration with Sebastian Vettel, who will drive for the team as from the 2015 season.

The driver line-up next season will consist of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

“Scuderia Ferrari has decided to put its faith in the youngest multiple champion in the history of Formula 1” – commented Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci. “In Formula 1 terms, Sebastian Vettel is a unique combination of youthfulness and experience and he brings with him that sense of team spirit which will prove invaluable when, together with Kimi, they tackle the challenges awaiting us, as we aim to be front runners again as soon as possible. With Sebastian, we all share a thirst for victory as well as enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and tenacity; key elements for all the Scuderia members to write together a new winning chapter in the history of Ferrari.”

“The next stage of my Formula 1 career will be spent with Scuderia Ferrari and for me that means the dream of a lifetime has come true” – said Sebastian Vettel. “When I was a kid, Michael Schumacher in the red car was my greatest idol and now it’s an incredible honour to finally get the chance to drive a Ferrari. I already got a small taste of what the Ferrari spirit means, when I took my first win at Monza in 2008, with an engine from the Prancing Horse built in Maranello. The Scuderia has a great tradition in this sport and I am extremely motivated to help the team get back to the top. I will put my heart and soul into making it happen.”

[ Source: ferrari.com ]


Speaking to Sportbild, translation courtesy of @miezicat1:

Your teammate will be your friend Kimi Raikkonen. Was that also a plus point for Ferrari? Seb “It’s a plus point because he is very neutral. And no matter what situation we find ourselves, I don’t expect any difficulties with him. He is very fair, very open, very direct. If something bothers him, he says it. That helps the team atmosphere.”

Vettel expects no problems with Raikkonen

Asked in today’s press conference if he expects to have a positive relationship with the 2007 champion, Vettel said “I think yes”.

“Why? Because I think Kimi is probably the least complicated driver in the grid.

“In terms of performance on the track I think when we talk about the skills Kimi has I don’t think there’s a single person in the paddock who doubts his skills, including myself.

“But from a personal point of view on a personal level I think very straightforward, I don’t expect any complications because I think we have a good relationship but also I think we have great respect for each other which I think is always very healthy to deal with any sorts of situations coming up.”

[ Source: f1fanatic.co.uk ]


Sebastian Vettel will replace Fernando Alonso at Ferrari next season, after the Italian team confirmed a three-year deal with the four-time world champion. Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci hailed the arrival of Vettel, who will partner Kimi Raikkonen in 2015, and predicted he will become an “invaluable” asset.

“Scuderia Ferrari has decided to put its faith in the youngest multiple champion in the history of Formula One,” Mattiacci said.

“In Formula One terms, Sebastian Vettel is a unique combination of youthfulness and experience and he brings with him that sense of team spirit which will prove invaluable when, together with Kimi, they tackle the challenges awaiting us, as we aim to be front runners again as soon as possible.

“With Sebastian, we all share a thirst for victory as well as enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and tenacity; key elements for all the Scuderia members to write together a new winning chapter in the history of Ferrari.”

Vettel described his move to Ferrari as the realisation of a long-held ambition, inspired by the exploits of another German multiple champion who won five of his seven world titles with the team.

“The next stage of my Formula One career will be spent with Scuderia Ferrari and for me that means the dream of a lifetime has come true, Vettel explained.

“When I was a kid, Michael Schumacher in the red car was my greatest idol and now it’s an incredible honour to finally get the chance to drive a Ferrari. I already got a small taste of what the Ferrari spirit means, when I took my first win at Monza in 2008, with an engine from the Prancing Horse built in Maranello.

“The Scuderia has a great tradition in this sport and I am extremely motivated to help the team get back to the top. I will put my heart and soul into making it happen.”

[ Source: formula1.com ]

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One response

  1. Leonardo

    Oh no! I think the arrogant German is going to drill the old boy big time.

    Time to wake up Kimi!! Wake UP!!!!

    Like

    November 20, 2014 at 12:34 pm

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