Montezemolo: Vettel will not partner Alonso

Montezemolo: Vettel will not partner Alonso

15 October 2012 – Luca di Montezemolo has firmly seen off talk that Sebastian Vettel will be moving to Ferrari alongside Fernando Alonso in 2014. According to the company President, such a switch would only cause high tension inside the team.

Although talk of a future Vettel-to-Ferrari move has already been rife in Formula 1 over recent months, the situation ramped up on Monday as BBC Sport reported that contacts inside the team were claiming that a Vettel option for 2014 was now in place.

The Ferrari head now states that the stories should not be believed.

“I do not want two roosters in the hen house,” Montezemolo tells the Italian media. “I want two drivers who race for Ferrari and not for themselves. I want a friendly rivalry like we have had with Schumacher and Irvine, Schumacher and Barrichello, Alonso and Massa or Massa and Schumacher.

"Two roosters in the hen house I do not like and it only creates an imbalance and tension. Harmony in a team is the most important thing and even more so in difficult times when all you need to do is recover.”

Montezemolo adds that Felipe Massa is visiting him in Maranello early this week, with a view to signing a new deal to take him through the 2013 campaign.

“There is no doubt that, mid-season, it would have been unthinkable of reconfirming Massa,” he admits. “But now he is giving us what we expect, so we will talk tomorrow and make a decision. He went very well in Monza and Japan, as well as Korea, and has found a new lease of life.”

Should Massa stay at Ferrari next year, 2013 will mark his eighth season with the Scuderia and fourth alongside former double World Champion Alonso.

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