New Alonso deal not Ferrari lock-out - Vettel


Fernando Alonso's new long-term deal with Ferrari does not mean Sebastian Vettel is locked out of the famous Italian marque.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing

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The reigning world champion has said many times that he would like to join Ferrari one day, but the presence of Alonso through 2016 - an extended contract that was announced on Thursday - would seem to make that unlikely in the foreseeable future.

German Vettel, however - whose own Red Bull contract extends through 2014 - said in Barcelona that Ferrari is still an option.

"I never said it's impossible (to go there) if Fernando, Felipe Massa or anyone else is there. I know a team is always two drivers," the 23-year-old runaway championship leader is quoted by the German news agency SID.

"But I'm not making any headlines; I'm happy where I am right now," Vettel insisted.

Maybe for 2017 I can sign another contract with Ferrari

Fernando Alonso

Spaniard Alonso, meanwhile, warned that his new five-year deal could ultimately be extended even further.

"By the end of 2016, I will have been with Ferrari for seven years and maybe for 2017 I can sign another contract with Ferrari if I am not too old and if they are still happy with me," he laughed on Thursday.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Felipe Massa , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing
Tags alonso, ferrari, vettel