Vettel explains switch to Ferrari joke

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02:  Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Red Bull Racing talks with Red Bull Racing team owner Dietrich Mateschitz (R) during day two of winter testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 2, 2011 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel; Dietrich Mateschitz

Sebastian Vettel shares a joke with Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz

Mar.4 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel claims he was joking when he mused recently about desperately wanting to switch to Ferrari.

The reigning world champion triggered international headlines when he joked that he would pay Fernando Alonso to go on holiday for a whole year if he could secure the Spaniard’s seat at the famous Maranello based team.

Asked about those comments by Germany’s Auto Bild, he explained: “I was asked what I would do if for some reason I couldn’t drive for Red Bull.”

“So I said I would send either Fernando or Felipe on a great holiday so they could leave me their car. I said it because Ferrari will have a very strong car this season,” the German explained, “so it would certainly be my first choice.

“But probably not everyone completely understands my sense of humour,” he said.

Vettel, 23, said the most important factor when a top driver is picking a formula one team is performance, “and right now I feel very comfortable with Red Bull”, he insisted.

“Sure,” he continued, “Ferrari and Mercedes are brands with tradition which could be very stimulating to be part of their stories, but the performance of the car is always the focus.”

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