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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Vettel's on course despite Ferrari link

SEBASTIAN VETTEL is adamant he has not been unsettled by the latest flattering comments to emerge from Ferrari.

Team principal Stefano Domenicali this week dropped a broad hint on the prospect of partnering Vettel with fellow double world champion Fernando Alonso, claiming the duo could "easily co-exist together".

It is a prospect some way off given Vettel's current deal expires at the end of 2014, although it is believed there are performance-related clauses within it which could result in an early escape.

For now, though, Vettel's sole focus is on making it a hat-trick of Formula One world titles.

"I've always said Ferrari is a great team with a great history, and with a great tradition in Formula One," he said.

"I'm very flattered (by Domenicali's remark). It's very nice. I respect Ferrari a lot and I respect Fernando a lot. But I'm very happy with where I am at the moment. Does it unsettle me? No. For now the focus is entirely on this season."

Alonso claimed he would have no problem being partnered with Vettel or even Lewis Hamilton.

He said: "As I said when I joined this team, the most important thing in Ferrari is to help each other to make one red car win.

"So whoever my team-mate - if he comes - will be no problem, and we will try to work together, as I do now with Felipe (Massa)."

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