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2014-10-16 09:49

GETTING THE COLD SHOULDER? Red Bull has denied departing Sebastian Vettel an opportunity to make his Ferrari test debut at the end of the 2014 season in Abu Dhabi. Image: Dimitar Dilkoff

LONDON, England - Sebastian Vettel will not be able to make his test debut for Ferrari in the days following the 2014 Abu Dhabi grand prix finale in November.

Italy's Omnicorse claims that, even though the Maranello team is yet to officially confirm that Vettel will be wearing red in 2015. The team wanted Vettel to drive the F14-T at the post-Abu Dhabi test.

Ferrari would have been able to directly compare Vettel in the same car raced by Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen at the Yas Marina circuit.

Also in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli will test its proposed 2015 tyres for the first time.

SPITEFUL OR NOT?

When asked by Speed Week when Vettel will be released, Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz answered: "Five days after the last race, he is free."

That will be November 28 - immediately after the Abu Dhabi test. Not only that, reigning quadruple World champion Vettel is already being frozen out by the team and energy drink company that groomed him from boyhood.

Dr Helmut Marko told Kleine Zeitung newspaper: "In every way concerning development for 2015, Vettel is no longer involved and is receiving no information."

Marko also told Bild newspaper: "That goes from cockpit design to the aerodynamic configurations of the car for next season."

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