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Vettel denies Ferrari move in 2014

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Sebastian Vettel: "I want to get this straight: there's nothing to report and I'm very happy at Red Bull Racing" © Getty Images
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Sebastian Vettel has stressed there is no truth to rumours that he has signed a pre-contract to join Ferrari in 2014.

Rumours have circulated the paddock for some time that Vettel might be being lined up to join Fernando Alonso at Ferrari in 2014. The speculation started to snowball when Felipe Massa signed a one-year deal with Ferrari for 2013, which would still leave a chance for someone to replace him in 2014.

But when asked about the rumours after his fourth consecutive victory for Red Bull at the Indian Grand Prix, Vettel flatly denied the speculation.

"No, there's nothing, nothing to tell you, nothing I've signed," he said. "Nothing has changed. It's quite amusing. I don't know where it came from but... I don't read much, so it's quite a surprise when you get to the circuit and get all these questions. Nothing to report. As I said, I can't be happier at the moment.

"Actually, there's one thing I would like to say about this. As I said, there's no reason to write anything or report anything but obviously you don't know every single one in the team, and it's hard to speak to every single one, so if there's - sorry to say - some bullshit in the press, obviously there might be some concerns back in the factory, but I'm 100% behind them as I feel they're 100% behind me. I want to get this straight: there's nothing to report and I'm very happy at Red Bull Racing."

Red Bull boss Christian Horner also poured scorn on the reports.

"When bullshit is written... Look, Sebastian and the team have a very strong relationship. We both know exactly where we stand now and for the future. Of course all members read the internet and read the media, so it's important to dispel any speculation that he may be going elsewhere.

"I did that on the day the rumours were speculated. Sebastian has been with Red Bull since 12 or 13 years of age. He's achieved all his grand prix victories in Red Bull-owned cars and he is very happy in being part of this team and he is an important part of this team."

Vettel's current contract actually runs through 2014 and Horner said he did not expect his star driver to suddenly decide he wanted to leave when it comes to renegotiations.

"I can't think of any driver who wouldn't want a contract with Red Bull at the moment."