Sebastian Vettel will leave Red Bull at the end of 2014 to join Ferrari in an announcement from the team today.
“Sebastian Vettel has advised us that he will be leaving Red Bull at the end of the 2014 season.
“We want to warmly thank Sebastian for the incredible role he has played at Red Bull for the last six years.”
With rumors culminating about the state of relations between Fernando Alonso and his continued presence at Ferrari in jeopardy, it seems that the talk of Vettel replacing him is, indeed, true. Those same rumors had the deal as a swap in which Alonso would move to Red Bull but the team says that Daniil Kvyat—driving for sister-team Toro Rosso—will slide into the Vettel seat and join Daniel Ricciardo next year.
That may be great news for the young Russian who has done a superb job in 2014 but it could be good news for Jean-Eric Vergne who was being released to make room for Max Verstappen in 2015. We will have to wait and see if that happens.
This leaves Fernando Alonso tightly linked to McLaren but as AUTOSPORT reports, a deal has yet to be finalized in that move. This will most likely mean that veteran Jenson Button will be replaced and find himself looking elsewhere for a ride in 2015.
With regards to Vergne and Alonso, it is speculation at this point as nothing has been announced. In fact, Ferrari have not announced Vettel’s coming but he’s most likely poised for the Italian squad over any other team.