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Vettel 'against all the four-cylinder advocacy'

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Sebastian Vettel: "I would put a V12 engine in the car" © Sutton Images
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In a dream world Sebastian Vettel would like to see a return of V12 engines to Formula One rather than the introduction of four-cylinder engines planned for 2013.

Answering theoretical questions on the official Formula One website, Vettel also said that he would pick Jochen Rindt as his team-mate if he could drive against anyone in the history of the sport.

When asked which of the current F1 regulations he would like to change, he responded: "I would put a V12 engine in the car - [I'm] against all the four-cylinder advocacy. I would take KERS off the car and put a V12 into the car. That would be 'greener' than what we have now!"

He also said he would like to see more overtaking in F1, but admitted he was unsure if the Drag Reduction System (DRS) was the correct way forward.

Asked what innovations he would like to see for the future, the world champion said: "Nothing really new - just making it possible to overtake. That would be fantastic for the drivers and obviously help the show. Everybody knows that it is almost impossible in Formula One to overtake so if you manage to do it you know that you've achieved something.

"Overtaking is something that separates the men from the boys. On the other hand I think that overtaking should never be artificial. And that is partly what I feel we are facing with this moveable rear wing and I am just hoping that it is not becoming too artificial. Obviously it is really hard to find a mode that allows the fastest man to find his way through."

And if he could drive any car from F1's history, he said it would be the 1990 Ayrton Senna/Gerhard Berger McLaren. "I think the McLaren from 1990. The MP4-5."