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GP Week : Issue 211
MANAGING EDITOR: Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Phil Branagan Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Mike Doodson Kate Walker Sean Kelly MotoGP: Michael Scott Phil Branagan Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Luca Martini PUBlIShER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBlIShED By: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Mark Sutton email@example.com n se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 .com WEEK F1 >>> nEWs Accessible via the GPWeeK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) seb's blOcKbUster sMs One text message on Friday night has changed the course of Formula 1’s silly season and unleashed the biggest driver move in five years. sebastian Vettel sent Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner the message, asking him to come to his hotel room, late on Friday night, to advise that he had signed a deal with Ferrari for 2015 and beyond. GPWeek understands that the exit of the German from the team with which he lifted four consecutive World Drivers Championships was triggered by an exit clause on his contract. It is believed that Vettel had the option for a free exit if he was lower than third place in the WDC on september 30. Horner made the unusual move a confirming Vettel’s move to Ferrari before either the driver or the team could when he spoke to the media on saturday. “Obviously Ferrari have made him a very attractive offer,” he said. “If somebody’s heart is not there, it doesn’t matter what you have on a piece of paper,” he said. “It has to be right for both sides. “He has reached a stage in his career where he fancied a new challenge, that is his prerogative and, like in any relationship, if somebody’s heart is not in it then it is time to move on. “I think the lure of Ferrari, a window has opened there with whatever is going on and he has decided the timing is right for him. That is his choice, and he has been around long enough to know his own mind. “He doesn’t have a manager and doesn’t have people that surround him. He has made this decision and we respect that.” 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: