Vet­tel de­nies Merc ru­mours

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

CAPE TOWN — Se­bas­tian Vet­tel (pic­tured) says it “should be clear” that he is stay­ing at Fer­rari next sea­son as he, and Kimi Raikko­nen, both have con­tracts with the Scud­e­ria.

The four-time World Cham­pion was touted as a pos­si­ble re­place­ment for Nico Ros­berg af­ter the Mercedes driver an­nounced his re­tire­ment.

Days af­ter win­ning the 2016 Drivers’ ti­tle, Ros­berg called it quits, stat­ing that he didn’t have it in him for another sea­son of the in­ten­sity re­quired for a cham­pi­onship bid.

The race is now on to land that coveted Mercedes seat but Vet­tel in­sists he is not in the run­ning.

“I think it is not a big se­cret, Kimi and my­self both have a con­tract for next year so it should be clear,” he said, as quoted by Mir­ web­site.

“I don’t know what’s their plan but for us we look af­ter our­selves for next year, there’s a lot of things chang­ing so we’re quite busy our­selves.

“We are fo­cus­ing on our job that we have which is a lot of work for next year.

“There are a lot of changes to the car so a lot of ef­fort is go­ing in, and there could be a sur­prise, but we will have to wait and see.

“When the rules change things can move around. Hope­fully it moves us up, and makes us stronger, but it is im­pos­si­ble now to have any ex­pec­ta­tions.”

The Ger­man ap­plauded Ros­berg’s de­ci­sion to re­tire, say­ing it is not one that he even con­sid­ered about his first World ti­tle but that his com­pa­triot is “brave” to have done it. — News24

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