Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said he is not considering partnering Sebastian Vettel with Fernando Alonso in a “dream team” line-up in the near future.
“Could Vettel and Alonso one day be part of a dream team? I think our president has already commented on this subject several times: a dream team is fantastic if it is correctly managed, but at the moment we are not looking at that, because we want to ensure the team is as well balanced as possible,” said Domenicali.
“You have to be very careful, not just in Formula One, but in sport in general, because sometimes, putting together all the number ones can lead to more negatives than positives.”
Last year Domenicali raised the prospect of bringing Vettel into the team, saying he and Alonso “could easily coexist together”.
After months of speculation that Vettel might join the team Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo dismissed the idea, saying “I don’t want to have two roosters in the same hen house”.
At the end of last season Vettel seemed to imply Ferrari had started the rumours he might join them in an attempt to destablise his relationship with Red Bull.
“A lot of people tried to play dirty tricks and certain things that maybe are, at least from out point of view beyond the limit,” said Vettel, adding: “we never [got] irritated, distracted by that.”
Domenicali deflected criticism of Alonso, saying: “As usual, there are people who try and stir up the politics, believing they will provoke a reaction, but I am deaf to these things and I believe Fernando is totally focused on his performance, while I can assure you that the team will give its answer on the track, with deeds not words.”
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