Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo has revealed how Ferrari would love to replace Fernando Alonso with Sebastian Vettel, but only when the Spaniard decides to leave Ferrari. Luca says that both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton would be great for Ferrari but if he had to choose one, it would be Vettel.
Di Montezemolo explained, “Between all the drivers, Vettel and Hamilton could be perfect for Ferrari in the future, with one difference - Vettel is younger. First of all, of all the drivers, we have the best - in terms of speed, intelligence in the race, and a capability to work with the team.”
He added, “When you have the best driver you have to put him in the best condition to succeed, to win and have a good environment without peer troubles. But if Alonso decided to go to live in Hawaii with the girlfriend, I have no doubt that for human and professional reasons [I would choose] Vettel. He would be very good for us.”
Luca continued, “I like Vettel, because he is not presumptuous. He wants to win but he is not arrogant. Michael [Schumacher] told me many years ago that coming from karts, Vettel had the most potential of any young driver and he was right.”
The 2013 Formula One World Championship is set to be an interesting one for Lewis Hamilton, who has left the highly competitive McLaren team for the less impressive Mercedes. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are expected to battle it out at the front again.