Italian TV reports Vettel to Ferrari deal done for 2014

(L to R): Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Heikki Huovinen (FIN) Personal Trainer.Jun.26 (GMM) Reports that reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel is headed to Ferrari are again making headlines in Italy.

Italian television Mediaset’s Italia1 channel, and the authoritative journalist Giorgio Terruzzi, claim that the Red Bull driver will be Fernando Alonso’s teammate in 2014.

The report echoed the claims of British newspapers, who said recently that an agreement is already in place for 24-year-old German Vettel to drive for Ferrari.

The Italian report said Vettel’s deal is for three years, until the end of 2016.

Terruzzi said that Alonso’s teammate in 2013 will either be an improved Felipe Massa or Australia’s Mark Webber, who would fill the cockpit for a single season before Vettel is contractually able to move from Red Bull.

The respected journalist said Massa or Webber would cost Ferrari only EUR 5 million in 2013, before Vettel earns 15 million, starting in 2014.

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  • F1 Fan

    Can’t wait to see them 2 as teammates ,should be great!

  • Mopar

    This should start the dominoes falling in the driver market. Weber to Ferrari next year to help push the team forward (he’s helped to build RB over the past 5 years); Lewis to RB to be groomed as the lead driver in 2014.

    The Scuderia are traditionally poachers, hopefully RB can keep on dominating them in car design.

  • Kevin

    Teaming at Ferrari, who is culturally incapable of treating two drivers as equals, with Alonso, who believes the F1 world rotates on his axis, is unlikely to be considered an equal in any way to the youngster smashing his vaunted records. This would be a horrible career move for Vettel – while Ferrari will gain by having him under their direct oppression and battering. Vettel will never have the same cache with Ferrari as he has at RBR.

    I would put money on the contract/agreement having a clause that makes it more a firm offer/ first right of refusal, where should Vettel not feel satisfied with RBR performance or compensation, and chooses to leave, he moves to Ferrari under pre-negotiated terms. This would be a good move for Vettel, as it puts him in a strong position with RBR for negotiations, and pushes RBR to continue to support his performance clause.

    For Weber, the move in 2013 might make sense, as it would put him in the #2 seat, and should Vettel not move, a position to renew and stay with Ferrari going forward, assuming he meets their performance clauses for replacing Massa.

  • Kimi4WC

    There is not much respected about double world champion and 15 million, thats just silly.

  • fools

    I don’t think it will be a good pairing.

    However they are the best in the business right now. Vettel will not be the 2nd driver he wont accept that being Alonso is the #1 driver for the team.

    I hope this deal does not happen.