There is a story doing the rounds that Sebastian Vettel has signed some sort of pre-agreement to drive for Ferrari in 2014. Now, I have no doubt at all that Andrew Benson is a well-connected journalist and a fine writer, but it doesn’t make sense. The Vettel-to-Ferrari tales have been circulating for some time, but Benson suggests that there is an actual agreement signed. He also suggests that Fernando Alonso has ‘sanctioned’ the move. That doesn’t make sense either. Who was it once said the best team mate is the one who is half a second a lap slower than you? I’m sure Alonso believes similar.
It seems that Felipe Massa may have done enough to secure an extra year at Maranello; this is part of the reason there is speculation about the identity of the teams drivers in 2014. Vettel may well be among the very best on the grid, but why would Alonso willingly subject himself to such a strong rival? The rumour is further enhanced by the claim that Vettel’s contract at Red Bull – and any agreement with Ferrari – would be open to performance clauses. That bit certainly makes sense.
It’s all speculative at the moment, as advance contracts always are, but surely there is a more likely candidate for a seat alongside Alonso in 2014? I’m talking of Mark Webber who will, after all, be out of contract by then. A further option could be that Nico Hulkenberg is in the frame, the German seemingly on his way to Ferrari-powered Sauber for a year. Either way, I can’t see Vettel at Ferrari as long as Alonso remains there, which is until 2016 as of now.