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Vettel: 'Ferrari delay not Alonso's fault'

2014-11-19 09:30

'THESE THINGS HAPPEN': Sebastian Vettel (left) says its not Fernando Alonso's fault that he has not yet been named Ferrari's new driver. Image: AP/ Luca Bruno

LONDON, England - Sebastian Vettel has hinted once again that he will be a Ferrari driver in 2015.

With Ferrari having not yet confirmed the deal, apparently because of its contractual impasse with Fernando Alonso, the departing Red Bull driver has already hinted about his Maranello move by telling Italian broadcaster Sky he is "a driver for Scuderia Ferrari".

Now he has mused openly about becoming his friend Kimi Raikkonen's next team mate.

'NOT ALONSO'S FAULT'

Germany's Auto Motor and Sport asked him if he blamed Alonso for the hold-up because the Spaniard had not yet officially vacated his Ferrari seat. Vettel answered: "I don't think the fault lies with one person so I don't think you can talk about blame.

"It's just a situation that is not yet entirely clear, which is the way it is in F1 sometimes. It is, of course, silly if you can't answer the questions that are being asked of you, so I do hope there will be clarity soon."

Interestingly, it has not been lost on some that in pairing Vettel with Raikkonen for 2015 Ferrari is putting together two drivers who notably struggled to match the pace of their respective team mates in 2014.

Asked about Raikkonen and his problems through 2014, Vettel answered: "We do not need to talk about Kimi's talent.  That is undisputed. Apparently he just hasn't been able to get what he needs from the car."

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