Vettel pledges total commitment and allegiance to Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel celebrates with Red Bull Racing chief technical officer Adrian Newey and team principal Christian Horner on the Interlagos podium

Sebastian Vettel celebrates with Red Bull Racing chief technical officer Adrian Newey and team principal Christian Horner on the Interlagos podium

Nov.27 (Reuters) Sebastian Vettel has dampened speculation that he is set to jump ship from Red Bull to join Ferrari in 2014 by saying he is “extremely committed” to the team who helped him claim a third consecutive Formula One title on Sunday.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates with team mates on the podium as he finishes in sixth position and clinches his third consecutive drivers world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian VettelThe exact nature of Vettel’s contract with Red Bull is unclear, but the German driver said that he was tied to the constructor until the end of 2014.

Speculation has surrounded Vettel’s future at Red Bull since Ferrari principal Stefano Domenicali said in June that the 25-year-old and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso could “easily co-exist together”.

Alonso, a double world champion who was narrowly beaten to the title by Vettel in Brazil on Sunday, has a contract with the Italian team until the end of 2016 and is very much the number one in the current lineup with Brazilian Felipe Massa in a support role.

“I have a contract until – I think you know better than me – at this stage, until the end of ’14,” Vettel told reporters.

“I’m very happy with what we have achieved so far and I don’t think this story is over yet. I’m very happy and extremely committed to give everything I have, also in the next years when I’m with them.

Sebastian Vettel during qualifying for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 24, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.“At the moment, I don’t see any point thinking about another team or something else. I’m extremely happy in the position I am. It’s incredible what we have achieved.”

Massa’s Ferrari contract runs until the end of next year.

Vettel hailed his third title as his most difficult having found it harder to assert himself in a topsy-turvy season that began with seven different winners in the first seven races.

Singapore proved the turning point and Vettel went on to win four races in a row to take the lead from Alonso in South Korea.

“In that way, I think it was [the most difficult title] because people tried everything, inside the lines, outside the lines, to beat us and the amount of questions we had to deal with, stuff we had to deal with throughout the season didn’t make our lives easier but the key was to remain ourselves and I think that made the difference in a way,” he said.

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  • Speedo

    He would be stupid to leave a championship winning team that has won the WDC and WCC for the last three years. If he has to change teams he better follow Adrian Newey.

  • McHare

    The question of his team mate of the future would be a better story. The best drivers ain’t gona want to be second best for long eh mr Hamilton and Alonso

  • Tony

    Can see Alonso looking for Webbers seat as soon as he realises that Ferrari will always be 2nd or maybe even 3rd or 4th best