Eddie Jordan: Vettel to Ferrari 'will never happen'
Pit-lane pundit and former Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan is convinced Sebastian Vettel will not be joining Fernando Alonso at Ferrari as the two title contenders prepare for a decisive showdown in Abu Dhabi next month.
Red Bull driver Vettel has been strongly linked with a move to the Scuderia with reports claiming the double world champion will partner Alonso from the 2014 season.
Those reports have been vehemently denied by both Ferrari and Red Bull.
Christian Horner, Red Bull team boss, insists Vettel will remain at the team in 2014 “without a shadow of a doubt”, while Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo claimed they “don't want to have two roosters in the same henhouse.”
And Jordan is thoroughly convinced that there is no chance of Vettel moving to the Italian constructors now or in the future.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen, but that is just my opinion,” Jordan told Sport360.
“I don’t want to speculate on something I don’t believe can ever happen, it would be a waste of time.”
Vettel currently leads Alonso by four points in the driver’s standings as the Formula One parade heads to New Dehli on 27 October for what will be a crucial weekend in establishing the destination of the title.
From India, the teams will head to Abu Dhabi for another decisive race, and while Jordan is tipping the Red Bulls for further success at the Yas Marina circuit, he has warned against writing off the Ferraris.
“I’m expecting more of the same,” he predicted. “It’s a big fight for the championship, so there will have to be a big improvement from Ferrari.
“Ferrari will have a lot of local sponsors, and a lot of local fans who will want to give Alonso a kick-start. Of course, Felipe Massa is there to offer him support and he has experienced an upturn in performances in recent weeks, which will help Alonso.
“It’s going to be very difficult for anyone to stop Vettel from now on if he carries on the way he’s going, but we know all too well that these things have a habit of changing,” Jordan added.
“We all thought two weeks ago that it was Alonso’s championship to lose and look how it’s suddenly turned.”
As Jordan pointed out, the 2012 season has been an unpredictable one, and aside from a thrilling title race that looks set to go down to the wire, we’ve been treated to a plethora of winners, juicy controversy, and the growing emergence of mid-field teams.
Jordan agrees that this year has been a thriller and he is particularly impressed with the performances of the so-called smaller teams.
“I think we have been blessed and this season is up there with the best in recent years,” Jordan said. “I have been really pleased to see the young teams do well.
“Force India have brought in a couple of drivers in Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg, who have worked well. The car looks good, they’re qualifying in the top ten and racing in the top ten. It’s a good team.
“Likewise with Sauber, Lotus, and Williams. They’re all in their fighting and it’s been great fun to watch.”
Whenever there are winners there has to be losers, and Jordan points to the failure of McLaren and their drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button as the biggest let-downs.
“McLaren have been a disappointment this season and in particular their drivers,” Jordan stated. “We all know how good they both are. They should be in the fight for the constructor’s title because they had the quickest car, and two outstanding drivers. It’s a shame they’re not.”
Despite the unpredictability of the season, Jordan envisages the title ending up in somewhat predictable hands.
“My crystal ball is the same is anyone else’s, but Vettel is looking very strong,” Jordan concluded. “The recent speed of the car is ominous and as a result of that, it’s difficult to see him losing the championship at this stage.”
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