Vet­tel and Raikko­nen set to stay at Fer­rari

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Bu­da­pest, Hun­gary - Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Kimi Raikko­nen will head off to en­joy For­mula One's Euro­pean sum­mer break know­ing their Fer­rari fu­tures have been vir­tu­ally rub­ber-stamped fol­low­ing Sun­day's im­pres­sive Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix one-two.

Cham­pi­onship leader Vet­tel, al­ready a four-time world ti­tlist, in­creased his ad­van­tage over three-time cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton to 14 points, partly cour­tesy of the Bri­ton's de­ci­sion to hand a podium fin­ish to his Mercedes team-mate Valt­teri Bot­tas in Hun­gary.

The Fer­rari duo's easy re­la­tion­ship and shared sense of prag­ma­tism has made them a good fit for the im­proved Ital­ian out­fit this year - a qual­ity not missed at the week­end by Fer­rari pres­i­dent Ser­gio Mar­chionne.

An­swer­ing ques­tions from re­porters on Sun­day, Mar­chionne hinted that both the driv­ers were likely to stay, with an an­nounce­ment ex­pected at the Ital­ian Grand Prix at Monza in early Septem­ber.

"I think I have been pub­lic on the Se­bas­tian is­sue, if he wants to stay he is more than wel­come to stay," said Mar­chionne.

"And in the case of Kimi, we are pretty well sure... we know he wants to stay. Hope­fully, we will bring them on soon."

Asked about a likely state­ment at the team's home Grand Prix, he added, "That's what I've heard - I heard Mau­r­izio (Ar­riv­abene, team boss) was go­ing to do that."

The Fer­rari pres­i­dent was more coy an­swer­ing ques­tions about hir­ing Hamil­ton in fu­ture, though. "It would be a priv­i­lege if he ended his ca­reer at Fer­rari. But for now, we have not gone far with Lewis... I will not talk about the fu­ture. We have two great driv­ers now and we don't want to talk about al­ter­na­tives."

Kimi Raikko­nen (left) and Se­bas­tian Vet­tel

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