The BBC is this morning announcing that Sebastian Vettel is set to join Ferrari in 2014 while Felipe Massa will stay with the team for one more year until the move is done.
Felipe Massa has been performing badly since he was hit by a wheel nut at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix but has since found his form, claiming a second place in Japan last week, his first podium in nearly two years, and finishing fourth yesterday in Korea, having being told to ‘preserve his tyres’ while he was catching Fernando Alonso in P3.
But Massa’s performance would have no say on whether or not Vettel is brought to the team, with both Vettel and Alonso making possibly the strongest pairing in F1. . . With the possibility for monumental inter-team battles.
But, both Vettel and Red Bull deny any arrangements exist for the German to leave the team and they insist that he is still under contract until the end of 2014.
Dr. Helmut Marko, the Red Bull adviser has admitted that the contract does contain performance clauses and that if Vettel wants to leave the team, Red Bull cannot stop him. Similarly, The supposed deal between Vettel and Ferrari is to include a performance clause for 2013; they must be in the championship fight.
Fernando Alonso, who would partner Vettel in 2014, is under contract until the end of 2016 at the team.