Fresh from confirming the much-expected news of Fernando Alonso’s departure, Ferrari has announced that four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel will drive as Kimi Räikkönen’s teammate for the 2015 season.
Vettel has entered into a multi-year agreement with the Italian team – believed to be for three years, with the option of a further two – having spent six seasons with Red Bull Racing with whom he won four consecutive World Championship crowns.
He announced his shock departure from the Milton Keynes squad during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend in October, and while Red Bull Racing management was quick to confirm Ferrari as his new home, the Italian stable waited to confirm Alonso’s departure before making Vettel’s appointment public knowledge.
“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,” the German said today.
“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.”
“Scuderia Ferrari has decided to put its faith in the youngest multiple champion in the history of Formula 1,” Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci added.
“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.”
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