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GP Week : Issue 215
F1 >>> nEWs sebastian Vettel may have parted ways with Red Bull Racing on good terms but that does not mean he will get a head start on his career at Ferrari. Predictions that Vettel would be able to drive the red cars at Abu Dhabi’s post-season test on Tuesday and Wednesday were dashed by Red Bull Racing’s Dr Helmut Marko, who confirmed that the team would enforce its contract with the four-time champion driver. Marko is reported to have told the media that the “burn factor is too high” to allow Vettel to drive the Ferrari F14T with the performance of the Red Bull- Renault fresh in his mind. “Why should we [give] a direct competitor an advantage?” Marko commented to auto-motor-und- sport.com. Vettel is believed to be under contract to RBR until December 5 and will now be restricted to sampling Ferrari’s simulator before he gets in a car for the first pre-season testing in February. Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari Driver Academy driver Raffaele Marciello will drive at Yas Marina’s test. “I can’t wait to drive out of the garage in the F14 T and I think it will be a really special feeling,” said 19-year-old Marciello. “It’s a shame because, initially, I was allowed [to test for Ferrari] then I wasn’t,” Vettel told the media in Abu Dhabi. “Itiswhatitisbut,allofa sudden, something changed. As far as I understand, the technical people were panicking a little bit, afraid that I would take some secrets.” Some detail has also leaked about Vettel’s new deal, which is vastly different to the one he had at RBR. His Ferrari contract is believed to include a massive sign-on bonus and large annual retainer, which will grow year by year. His deal with Red Bull revolved around a relatively small retainer and huge performance payments for wins, podiums and points finishes. In light of the Scuderia’s lack of speed during 2014, the first season since 1993 in which it has failed to win a race, Vettel appears to have played his contract negotiations very well. A service driven insurance broker for the fast moving world www.ellisclowes.com +4 4 (0)20 7220 0130 Authorised and regulated by the FCA Registered in England and Wales Company no. 07202991 Registered Lloyd’s of London Broker F1 >>> nEWs ferrari-alonso daggers flYing ... wHile red Bull Bars seB's red deBuT Like clockwork, the recriminations and criticisms over what happened during Ferrari’s worst Formula 1 season in decades has started, with Marco Mattiacci and Fernando Alonso sending barbs at the other. In confirming Sebastian Vettel’s arrival at the team, Mattiacci was quoted as saying that the team wanted the German because he brought with him the “utmost motivation and commitment”. He added, “I’m sure he will bring the phenomenal experience that he went through Red Bull and the enthusiasm needed to go through certain difficult moments that are waiting for us.” That led Alonso to comment after Qualifying; “I heard the comments and I don’t think they were very good. If he tried to mean that I was not motivated, he arrived at Ferrari too late. “He’s only been here for a few months and has not seen the five years that I’ve spent here and how I’ve fought every single race. “Probably I was too old when he tried to renew me until the Monza race, and he kept pushing, and pushing and having talks, and even in the last moment we had a lot of phone calls and e-mails that I still have in my computer. “Probably at that time I was not so old, but when I took my decision I guess he had to find another driver.” 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: