Alonso refuses to partner Vettel at Ferrari - report

© F1 Pulse, 18 March 2013
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It’s no coincidence that Sebastian Vettel has been reported to have extended his Red Bull contract till the end of 2016 – as Fernando Alonso has refused to team up with the triple champion at Ferrari.

Vettel had last extended his agreement with the defending champions to stay with the team until 2014 with speculation circulating since last year indicating that the German may move to Ferrari after his current deal expires.

Alonso had pointed out last year that he had some say at Maranello in regards to who his teammate would be although he did clarify that he could not dictate the final call.

“The Spain ace, though, has rejected the plan to have world champion Vettel, 26, join him for what president Luca di Montezemolo had called a dream team,” reports the Daily Star.

The Spaniard’s contract with the Italian team runs out at the end of 2016 – the same year that Vettel has been reported to have extended his Red Bull contract to.

Kleine Zeitung, an Austrian website, reports that the reigning champion has signed up till 2015 with an option for the season after.

Although Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is believed to have divulged the signing to a small group of British journalists, the team's motorsport advisor Helmut Marko however told Kleine Zeitung that he "cannot imagine that Horner has confirmed something like this."


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