Less than 24 hours after Sebastian Vettel crossed the line in Korea, taking his third victory in a row, the rumours about a potential future at Ferrari are back in the press again.
BBC’s Andrew Benson posted the story this morning stating that ‘Ferrari plan for arrival of Sebastian Vettel, but Massa stays for 2013.’ He said “Ferrari sources say they already have a deal in place with double world champion Vettel, with an option for the 25-year-old to join them in 2014.”
Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo has played down the rumours, and was quoted as saying “I've always said don't want two roosters in the hen-house. It creates instability in the team.”
So who is telling the truth? And is it right to assume there is no smoke without fire in this instance? The rumours of Vettel racing for Ferrari have been going round for quite some time now. Maranello also have a history of denying their mega announcements, until... well, the announcement. Is Montezemolo simply trying to shift the focus back towards the imminent news of Massa staying with the team next year, to compete in his 8th season in the scarlet colours?
In my view, this is a bit of a nothing headline, but probably a true story. Until we have confirmation from Ferrari or Vettel, we’ll simply be guessing and debating it until we’re blue in the face. We are likely to still be 12 months away from actually knowing whether the German will end up there and any breaking news headline before then will be merely speculation.
The most interesting thought to ponder is if Vettel does go to Ferrari, and Webber retires as expected, will Red Bull be the dominant team in Formula 1 without driver line up heading into the big regulation changes of 2014? Now that I do find fascinating...
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