The 2015 season promises to be a bigger and better season with new engine configurations, safety norms in place, return of Honda as an engine supplier, and the most important of all, the departure of Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull. The rumors were on their full form after Vettel declared that he was not comfortable with the RBR team anymore. Soon after news came that he is in talks with Ferrari, to be the highest paid driver ever. Nothing was confirmed until now, when Vettel unofficially confirmed that he will be a Ferrari driver in 2015 in a press conference.
The unofficial confirmation came at a press conference held in Brazil, the venue for the last GP, where an Italian broadcaster asked a quirky question to Vettel to test his Italian language- "Sebastian Vettel is?" and the 27 year old, four times world champion gave a reply with a handwritten answer- "A driver for Scuderia Ferrari".
Why is this news of so much importance? Because, ever since the secret came out in open, that Vettel and Ferrari has signed a deal, no official confirmation has come from either of the Red Bull or Ferrari, and they have been tight lipped over this matter, for weeks now. And it seems like, after the fitting revelation from the champion himself, Ferrari is still not ready to open its cards.
At the presentation of the new Fiat 500x this week, Ferrari's new president Sergio Marchionne reportedly didn't answer any questions about this development. He told media, "Will we (Ferrari) announce the future strategy at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?" He added "I don't know. It is important first to finish the last race. It was a tough year and Sunday at Interlagos was not a good day."
While Vettel is about to join Ferrari, who will be the second driver, is not yet taken into consideration. Alonso has already declared his departure and the reports are pointing towards Kimi Raikkonen. "Kimi is a great professional," said Marco Mattiacci, team boss, after the Brazil race, "and does not need any kind of pressure to do well. We work very well together, and Raikkonen is one of the best drivers out there."
"We are building our future together step by step," Mattiacci insisted.
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