Vettel on vacation and will skip Pirelli tyre test in Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel, 2013 runner-up Fernando Alonso and Ferrari new signing Kimi Raikkonen, will not be testing tyres for Pirelli next week in Bahrain.

“Sebastian is currently on vacation,” the Red Bull driver’s spokeswoman Britta Roeske told Welt newspaper.

Four teams – Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Ferrari and Mercedes – are travelling to Bahrain with their 2013 cars to help Pirelli develop next year’s tyres.

Roeske continued: “Sebastian has a difficult season behind him, and with all the new difficulties – the new technical regulations, for example – the time to the next season is not so great.

“Sebastian will reflect on the past season and prepare for the new one, but that is nothing different than what he has done in previous years.

“He will only reappear in public if there is an official Red Bull appointment, or at the first (official) tests” in late January, she added.

Similarly, Ferrari’s Alonso will also not be in Bahrain, with the Italian team confirming that Pedro de la Rosa and Jules Bianchi will do the tyre work instead.

A report by Speed Week said that while Mercedes’ Bahrain lineup is unclear, 2014 racers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat will be in action for Toro Rosso. (GMM)

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  • O’Ferrari

    I wonder where he is vacationing? San Francisco? Ancient Greece?

  • Tamburello_1994

    Skiathos sounds great. Costa Rica even better. Shucks, I’d settle for Bahrain right about now.

    Looking at the temp gauge outside my window? -20C. ( -3F )


  • Jack

    The man has indeed earned a vacation, and could have taken one with a few races left in the season!

  • the fan

    he should skip it or he will break another record, this time in testing sessions.

  • Abhinav

    He is becoming a father

  • vincent

    @abhinav – i wonder if he thanked the team. wonderful effort guys could not of done it without you.