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Ferrari to wait for Vettel?

It's been a rumoured story for a while now and it's pretty clear that Ferrari are big fans of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

It is even believed that current Ferrari number one driver Fernando Alonso, who holds the power of veto against any prospective future team-mate (he rejected the idea of teaming back up with former McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton), isn't against the idea and this has led to the increased speculation that Vettel could join Ferrari as soon as 2014.

In fact the BBC appear to be convinced that this is the case and we all know how on the ball they and BBC Formula One pundit Eddie Jordan were in regards to Lewis Hamilton moving to Mercedes.

BBC Chief F1 writer Andrew Benson reported the link on Monday morning suggesting that Felipe Massa will sign a one-year contract extension with Ferrari to work as a stop-gap deal in preparation for Vettel to join the team in 2014.

After over a year of speculation and various experts, journalists and fans writing off Massa's chances of staying at Ferrari next season [ourselves included] the Brazilian has really turned his career around during the latter part of the 2012 season, standing on the podium in Japan and if he was allowed to take points from team-mate Fernando Alonso, he would have done the same in Korea as well as he was clearly faster than his team-mate towards the end of the race on Sunday.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo will sit down with Massa tomorrow to discuss the Brazilian's future, but there was no mention of just how long his Ferrari future would be.

'I'm happy to see Felipe Massa back at a high level: tomorrow I will meet him at Maranello, we will have a chance to talk about his future and then I will take a decision,' he told Italian radio as quoted by Sky Sports.

The length of Massa's new contract will be the clearest indication to Ferrari's thinking, although di Montezemolo is well known for his dislike of having two number one drivers in his team and he reiterated this stance following the rumours regarding Vettel.

'Today the problem is not with drivers. 2013 is still to come but I don't want to have two roosters in the same henhouse, rather two drivers who race for Ferrari and not for themselves,' he said.

'I don't want problems and rivalries, which we didn't have between Schumacher and Irvine, between Schumacher and Barrichello, between Alonso and Massa or Massa and Schumi or Massa and Raikkonen.'








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