Montezemolo says no to Vettel with Alonso

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Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Buddh International Circuit, 2012In the round-up: Any hopes of seeing Fernando Alonso partnered by Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari appear to have faded as the team’s president Luca di Montezemolo rules it out.

Red Bull RB9

Red Bull are holding an event at their factory to reveal their RB9 to the press for the first time today. This marks a break with recent seasons when they have preferred to wheel their car out in the pits at the first test.

I’ll be there to bring you coverage from the launch which begins at 1pm UK time today. The F1 Fanatic Calendar has been updated to show the times of all the forthcoming launches:

Hopefully Red Bull’s launch will go better than Mercedes’ attempt to give the world a sneak preview of its W04 yesterday. Their website went down for hours and at the time of writing the car still hasn’t been seen properly. See the discussion here for more.

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No Vettel at Ferrari during Alonso reign (BBC)

“Asked if he could envisage Vettel at Ferrari with Alonso, Di Montezemolo said: ‘No, I don’t think so.'”

Sauber not chasing new engine supplier (Autosport)

Monisha Kaltenborn: “It’s extremely challenging, and a fear we have as a private team is to make sure we don’t have any disadvantage compared to the manufacturer teams.”

Jenson Button channels No5 at McLaren with nod to F1’s Nigel Mansell (The Guardian)

“‘Mansell mania’ it was called, especially when he won at Silverstone. People were going crazy. It was a really good time for motor sport in general, but especially in the UK. “Those times do mean a lot and that’s what I grew up with as a kid. I was racing in karts at the time, 12 years old. A lot of very good memories. Maybe we should have asked Nigel about having a red No5 before we decided to do it.”

Exclusive footage of the MP4-28 (McLaren via YouTube)

Lewis Hamilton’s ??20m love plane (Daily Mail)

“He makes his living by driving super-fast cars, but now Lewis Hamilton has splashed out on an even speedier mode of transport ?ǣ a ??20??million private jet.”

F138, Chapter 1: Let the adventure begin (Ferrari)

“The first car to be built left Maranello this afternoon, setting off on the long trip to Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, scene of the first of just three test sessions this season.”

Vettel?s legacy (Keen on F1)

“Two of the greatest F1 drivers in history, Ayrton Senna and Jim Clark, both won their multiple world titles with the same team. This doesn?t seem to be an issue for these two, so it makes no sense for it to be deemed detrimental to Vettel?s championships. It?s not just that a driver wins the world title because he?s in the best car; the best drivers usually drive for the best teams.”

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@Giggsy11 on the Sauber C32:

Very smart, it’s different, I like it. I can see the comments about how it looks like the HRT in 2010 coming from a mile off.

The nose looks very interesting. Its nose looks much lower compared to the rest of the field so far, I wonder if they?ve missed a trick here or are very confident about getting enough air to the floor of the car. The sidpods also look very small and aggressive.

Not bad at all Sauber.
@Giggsy11

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65 comments on Montezemolo says no to Vettel with Alonso

  1. Brace (@brace) said on 4th February 2013, 1:47

    Where’s today’s round up?
    I’m itching God damn it! Don’t leave me like this when I come for my fix! :)

    Gonna try sleep it out, tomorrow should be a dynamite!

  2. The Limit said on 4th February 2013, 13:57

    I can only see Vettel in a Ferrari if Alonso is not there, I really think also that Vettel is not foolish enough to leave Red Bull at this time coming off the back of winning three straight drivers’ titles. Reminds me of the now infamous ‘two roosters’ comments Montezemolo made last year, so all this is is a complete rehash of old news.
    Much was made last year of Felipe Massa’s struggles, its true Ferrari lost alot of points due to some sub par performances from him, especially at the beginning of the season. However, Ferrari have made it very clear that they will always support Alonso more than Massa or perhaps any other driver. Therein lies the problem in that most top line drivers will not relish being Fernando’s whipping boy, even if they drive well. Look what happened in Austin last year for example, so in many ways, Ferrari do have themselves to blame.
    With Felipe, I don’t believe its a lack of talent but a lack in confidence and I think he feels left out and unwanted in a team inwhich he was ‘once’ a main player. Some really need this, and Alonso has made Ferrari his. He is totally different from Kimi Raikkonen, who is about as unpolitical a person as one can find.

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