Ferrari Sets Eye on Vettel for 2011

Although Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari's CEO Luca di Montezemolo don't seem to see eye to eye lately – mainly because the Italian boss is pushing for higher revenues for the F1 teams – the former might become the Scuderia's best chance of securing “the next Schumacher” from 2011 onwards.

Known to be a feverish supporter of Sebastian Vettel, Ecclestone is allegedly keen to seeing the talented German in a Ferrari outfit. The 21-year old race winner is contractually bind to Red Bull Racing until the end of 2010, the exact same time when both Scuderia drivers will end their ongoing deals with the prancing horse.

Fernando Alonso is still on pole position to join the Scuderia from 2011 onwards, although the latest reports have shown the Spaniard might make the Ferrari roster from as early as next season. Should Di Montezemolo manage to secure both drivers for 2011, Ferrari will benefit from undoubtedly the best lineup in Formula One.

When asked about it, Red Bull's Christian Horner confirmed Ecclestone's interest in his race driver, but insisted there's no reason why the German should leave Milton Keynes headquarters.

Bernie is sort of like Sebastian's secret manager. He likes him very much and watches out for him. But why would Sebastian want to leave us? At the moment we're at the front and Ferrari are not,” said Horner, according to the GMM news agency.

Following his second F1 win in career, in China, Vettel was heavily linked with a move from Red Bull Racing next year, with McLaren Mercedes and BMW Sauber being the most likely targets. However, Vettel made no secret from his desire to race for Ferrari one day, which makes the Scuderia the No 1 favorite to getting his signature in 2 years time.
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