We all knew it was coming and Sebastian Vettel has been confirmed as Fernando Alonso’s replacement at the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team from 2015.
Sebastian Vettel is leaving Infiniti Red Bull Racing where he has won the four previous world driver’s champions and will join Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari. Meanwhile his seat at Red Bull Racing is being filled by youngster Daniil Kvyat.
The agreement is three years in duration and while no payment details have been made public, there’s a good chance Vettel will become the highest paid driver in Formula One.
Discussing the deal, Scuderia Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci said, “Scuderia Ferrari has decided to put its faith in the youngest multiple champion in the history of Formula 1. In Formula 1 terms, Sebastian Vettel is a unique combination of youthfulness and experience and he brings with him that sense of team spirit which will prove invaluable when, together with Kimi, they tackle the challenges awaiting us, as we aim to be front runners again as soon as possible. With Sebastian, we all share a thirst for victory as well as enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and tenacity; key elements for all the Scuderia members to write together a new winning chapter in the history of Ferrari.”
Commenting on the deal, Vettel himself said, “The next stage of my Formula 1 career will be spent with Scuderia Ferrari and for me that means the dream of a lifetime has come true. When I was a kid, Michael Schumacher in the red car was my greatest idol and now it’s an incredible honour to finally get the chance to drive a Ferrari.
“I already got a small taste of what the Ferrari spirit means, when I took my first win at Monza in 2008, with an engine from the Prancing Horse built in Maranello. The Scuderia has a great tradition in this sport and I am extremely motivated to help the team get back to the top. I will put my heart and soul into making it happen,” he said.