Vettel joins Ferrari as Formula 1 reshuffle begins
Sebastian Vettel has been confirmed as a Ferrari driver from 2015 in a three-year deal. The news is hardly surprising and has been expected since he confirmed in September that he would be departing from Red Bull.
Vettel’s move secures one place in the Formula 1 jigsaw but the futures of other drivers are far from certain. The German will take Fernando Alonso’s seat at the Italian team which leaves the two-time World Champion, who is widely regarded as the most talented driver on the grid, without a confirmed drive for 2015.
Not that it is out of Alonso’s hands. The Spaniard has the ball in his court and whilst a move to McLaren has been rumoured, he has options and is not prepared to rush into a decision. The most likely outcome will be that he does indeed sign for McLaren. The Woking based team are being powered by Honda from next season and expect to have a title contending car. If he sign’s for them, it will be in a record-breaking deal.
And if Alonso is to sign for Eric Boullier’s team, where does that leave the drivers currently at McLaren? 2009 World Champion Jenson Button is in his fifth year at the team and still believes he has more to offer. However, it is more likely that young Dane Kevin Magnussen will retain his seat because of his future prospects.
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Either way, McLaren’s treatment of Button has been poor. For a driver of his quality and experience, he has been starved of information about his future and may well decline any possible contract offer when McLaren finally make a team line-up decision on December 1.
It seems that the 2009 World Champion will be heading out of Formula 1 and a link up with former F1 winner Mark Webber could be on the cards.
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