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Jun 24, 2017, 8:36 AM

There's an interview in Gazzetta dello Sport with Sebastian Vettel this morning which is worth noting.

There's an interview in Gazzetta dello Sport with Sebastian Vettel this morning which is worth noting.

In it he talks about his voracious reading of books about Enzo Ferrari, seeking an understanding of the man who created the Ferrari myth. He also says that he is happy at Ferrari and that there will be no surprises in his next contract.

As a student of the dynamics between Ferrari and the Italian media down the years this has all the hallmarks of preparing the ground; confirming what we have been saying for some time, that Vettel's renewal deal is agreed and that it's just a question of whether they announce it before the summer break or at the traditional Italian GP rendezvous is September.

Sebastian Vettel

One reason to hold off announcing is to delay the inevitable questions that would follow such an announcement, regarding the other Ferrari seat, currently held by Kimi Raikkonen. For the team management and the driver himself, it's better to restrict that period to as few races as possible as it's quite a distraction.

Vettel says he would like Kimi to stay, but that he has no say over it. There is no doubt that this is true, however Ferrari are mindful of making sure that Vettel has a driver alongside him with whom he gets along and has no problems.

It's hard enough to win in F1 against the current opposition, without giving yourself extra headaches with a disruptive driver line up.

The thing about that second seat at Ferrari is that only a certain type of driver can cope with it. Because whatever they may say, they have a lead driver and a back up and their priority is the drivers' championship.

We have already seen examples this year of Ferrari making strategic decisions which give the best shot to the lead driver even at the expense of a result for the second car (though not in Monaco) and of a higher team points tally. This is a different philosophy from a team like Mercedes, where the priority is to win with the second car scoring as many points as possible.

Rubens Barrichello German Grand Prix 2000

Rubens Barrichello, Eddie Irvine and Kimi Raikkonen, in his second Ferrari career, are happy to accept that as part of the bigger picture of being a Ferrari driver.

Raikkonen has another year in him, but he is closer to 40 than to 30 and Ferrari does need to find its next gen solution. There's a strong push from the Mexican backers for Sergio Perez and the Mexican has positioned himself contractually to be in a position to go to Ferrari, or to his back up solution Renault if no Ferrari deal materialises. But he's now coming under real pressure at Force India from Estaban Ocon and the next few races will be important for Perez.

Sebastian Vettel

Vettel, who leads the world championship and has won three times this season, says he "has nothing to complain about" at Ferrari. "I'm happy, there's nothing to be said against it. I don't think that there will be any surprises. I'm not worried and Ferrari is in no hurry."

He also reveals that he has become fascinated with the story of Enzo Ferrari, who founded the company 70 years ago and died in 1988.

"Nowadays I'll read anything that's been written about him," says Vettel. "I'm fascinated by the vision of the man. Today the brand of Ferrari is known all over the world, it has global significance but back then no-one could have imagined that.

"It's incredible that all of this came from the mind of one person. It's a shame he's not here any more. Some say I'm lucky there because he was notoriously tough on his drivers...but his ideas and his principles are still there today and they exist in every person who works at Maranello."

Vettel also reveals that as a kid he had a great falsetto singing voice and wanted to be Michael Jackson, but that with puberty his voice didn't transition well and he packed in singing.

If he achieves his goal of winning the world title this year, he will no doubt find a suitable song to sing over the radio!

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