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Vettel could have vital say in Alonso move

Aug 3, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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When news broke of Fernando Alonso’s manager meeting with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, the Formula One rumor mill went into overdrive as the ‘unthinkable’ pairing of the two-time world champion and the latest superstar in F1, Sebastian Vettel, became a serious consideration.

When electing a replacement for Mark Webber though, Red Bull do need to bear in mind the wishes of their triple-champion driver. Vettel has led Red Bull’s dominance in recent years and is the most notable product of their junior programme. Without wishing to brush Webber’s contributions under the carpet, Vettel has in many ways made Red Bull the team they are today. Therefore, it would be unwise for the team to ignore his input when choosing him a new teammate.

When asked about the rumors by the BBC in Hungary, Vettel made his feelings perfectly clear.

“I’d prefer Kimi,” the German driver said. “I need to be careful now, but nothing against Fernando. I really respect him a lot as a driver.

“But I respect Kimi on track, off track, because he has always been very straight with me. From that point of view it would be a bit easier.”

For Alonso, the door may be shut on any potential move as the last thing Red Bull will want to do is alienate their star driver and force him into the arms of another team. Quite whether Alonso was ever serious about the move or if it was just to give Ferrari a wake-up call, it is debatable.

  1. robisley - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Vettel…if you are as good as you think you are, you would want the best driver in the sister car….and that’s Alonso. I think you’re afraid he will kick your butt in equal equipment. Of course, Kimi will do the same thing. If you’re man enough, put all the naysayers (like me) to rest who have said you owe your 3 WDC’s to Newey’s cars…period.

    • pjlva - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      robisley,

      if you think his 3 WDC’s are due to Newey. Then Michael’s are due to Brawn……….seriously? It is the right driver , with the right team at the right time period. Alonso might be great, yet he hasn’t won a WDC since he has been at the best funded teams in 6 years? Jenson Button even has a WDC since Alonso won his last. Just because you hate Vettel, you have to give him credit for what he accomplished……

  2. wiscpaul - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Vettle won’t “be forced into the arms of another team” He would go to a slower car and never win again. He’s not going anywhere. Kimi is going to show him team orders. “Kimi is faster than you, let him by.”

  3. robertlimato - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Alonso will never leave Ferrari they pay him to much and redbull doesn’t have that kind of budget.Redbull wouldn’t even be able to purchase his contract if they wanted to and not to mention all those little patches on his suite pay him to have their names on a Ferrari not a redbull renualt so that money would have to be replaced aswell.Im a Ferrari fan no getting around it,always have been always will be.I don’t hate vettel,but he is in no way in the same league as Alonso or Kimi for that fact and he would be taking a back seat.Redbulls car is so good the one that vettel drives that is , any driver in f1 would have those 3 titles.I don’t even think kimi has the personality or the temperament to put with the stuff weber did.And unless Lotus goes bankrupt I think Kimi will want to see his hard work payoff as the lotus keeps getting better and better and with kimi at lotus the team will get more sponsers and a much better/bigger budget.Redbull better watchout that Ferrari doesn’t throw an offer out there to newy.But to you wiscpaul you are right and a little wrong, if it did happen with vettel and kimi at redbull and both would be given equal cars,it would sound like this Sebasten don’t try to catch kimi he is much to fast save your tires you can make up some time when kimi pits

  4. pty10 - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    I doubt Redbull will put themselves in a situation where they will have two # 1 drivers (Vettel-Alonzo, Vettel-Kimi) Vettel is on his way to his third straight WDC, he is the undisputed number one on the team and he isn’t going to play second fiddle to anyone. History says that two number one drivers (Senna- Prost, Alonzo-Lewis) doesn’t work that well. Vettel was already whining last weekend in Hungary when Kimi won’t let him pass and he won’t be able to bully Kimi or Alonzo the way he does with Webber. I think Ricciardo is the man for the seat

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