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Ferrari prefer triple F1 world champion Vettel to Hamilton

Published on Dec 21, 2012 7:14 PM
 
This file photo taken on Oct 6, 2012, shows Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waving after getting the pole position in the qualifying session of the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit. Vettel would be Ferrari's first choice should they ever need to replace Fernando Alonso, president Luca di Montezemolo has said. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROME (REUTERS) - Triple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel would be Ferrari's first choice should they ever need to replace Fernando Alonso, president Luca di Montezemolo has said.

The Red Bull driver has been repeatedly linked to Ferrari this season, with talk of a pre-contract for 2014, although the 25-year-old German and his team have tried to put the speculation to rest.

Speaking at Ferrari's Maranello factory, Montezemolo left no doubt about the Italian team's admiration for Vettel.

"If for whatever reason Fernando Alonso were to leave one day, maybe because he wants to retire in Hawaii with his girlfriend, then I want Vettel," the Gazzetta dello Sport quoted him as telling German media.

 
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