Domenicali: Sebastian often reminds me of the good old times with Michael

Sebastian Vettel and Stefano Domenicali in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel and Stefano Domenicali in Singapore

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says the door to Maranello is open to Sebastian Vettel in the future should he care to join the reds.

German Vettel has won the past three World Champions for Red Bull, is cruising to a fourth in 2013 and is all signed up for 2014 and beyond.

But the 26-year-old has always admitted an affection for the other ‘red’ team.

So amid rumours that Fernando Alonso is unhappy at Ferrari and looking for a way out of his contract, team boss Domenicali had some words of affection for Vettel at Suzuka.

Sebastian Vettel has been a dominant force in F1 since 2010

Sebastian Vettel has been a dominant force in F1 since 2010

“Maybe he is looking for a new challenge,” the Italian told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

“He has a contract with Red Bull, we have contracts with our drivers. I would not rule anything out, but this is nothing we will deal with in the near future,” Domenicali insisted.

Undoubtedly, though, there is substance to the rumours this year that Alonso is looking to move. Recently, Spanish reports have said that he will be Honda-powered by 2015, and possibly at McLaren even next year.

At the same time, Domenicali’s praise of Vettel is equally conspicuous.

Michael Schumacher with Stefano Domenicali in 2003

Michael Schumacher with Stefano Domenicali in 2003

“Sebastian often reminds me of the good old times with Michael [Schumacher] here with us,” he said in Japan.

He said that there is truth to the claims that Vettel – like Schumacher before him – is utterly dominating Formula 1 at present because of his superior car.

“That’s absolutely right. but it’s not everything. Michael was always able to deliver the results, which is crucial,” he added.

“Deservedly or not, he definitely did it, so congratulations Sebastian!” said Domenicali. (GMM)

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  • sebolonso

    Proposing 2015.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Too bad teams can’t do trades:

    Alonso for Vettel even up. (and a player to be named later :) )

  • McLarenfan

    Sounds like they want a new relationship but why would Vettel go to Ferrari yet.

  • hillside

    because now, everybody in Ferrari are really workin so hard and still fails! back then with Schumi, they can afford to slack off, fumble race strtegies and have a crappy cars and still win.

  • harry harris

    If Alonso on his way out from Ferrari next year….. the door must be open for Hulkenberg……. ( Hulkenberg ) must be pairing with Kimi not Vettel. Sorry mate….. I didn’t hate you but you shouldn’t be at Ferrari, otherwise you will have the same problem as Alonso had. Don’t trust any single word from him (Domenicalli), he’s big fat liar………………………

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  • Jules C

    I really do think Alonso should leave Ferrari. With all the resources and experience Ferrari has, they are disappointing. For Mercedes and Lotus to catch up and build better cars than Ferrari, it just shows they just can’t build good cars.

    Alonso could be better off at McLaren in 2014 where he will likely be a No 1 driver. If Ferrari cant’ built a car in the past 4 years to beat a Redbull and even Mercedes and Lotus now, they are unlikely to build one for 2014 and beyond.

    Ferrari only can ride on their legacy and prestige. As a racing team, they are crap…i mean having the wind tunnel problem for the past 2-3 years is pathetic for a team like Ferrari.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    Ok so even Domenicali says that it’s Vettel’s car and not Vettel that makes all the difference!