Vettel shoots down Ferrari link
Sebastian Vettel has reassured his bosses at Red Bull that he has not signed a pre-contract agreement with Ferrari.
Rumours have persisted for months, and been ramped up only recently, that Vettel will join Ferrari in 2014, even though his current deal with Red Bull expires at the end of that year.
But following his victory in the Indian Grand Prix, when pointedly asked whether there was any arrangement, agreement or talk between himself, his representatives and those at Ferrari about a move, Vettel said: "No, there's nothing, nothing to tell you, nothing I've signed, nothing has changed."
He went on: "I don't know where it came from. I don't read much, so it's quite a surprise when you get to the circuit and get all these questions.
"Actually, there's one thing I would like to say about this - you don't know every single one in the team, and it's hard to speak to every single one. So if there's some rubbish in the press, obviously there might be some concerns back in the factory. But I'm 100 per cent behind them as I feel they're 100 per cent behind me.
"Therefore I want to get this straight - there's nothing to report and I'm very happy at Red Bull Racing."
That is unsurprising given the turnaround in Vettel's season over the last four races, from the moment Lewis Hamilton retired with a gearbox failure on lap 23 of the Singapore Grand Prix. From the 24th, Vettel has led every single lap since, a grand total of 204, a period of dominance matched by precious few in Formula One history.
However, he was wary when asked whether he felt he now had one hand on his third successive world championship with a 13-point lead over Fernando Alonso.
"This was obviously another good step for us, but there is still a long way to go," said Vettel.
"It obviously feels fantastic to have a race where everything works the way you want it to, so I'm very proud, very happy and enjoying it. But we have seen this year how quickly things can change, so this race has gone and now we focus on Abu Dhabi next weekend. There's a lot more to come, so we'll try to take things step by step."