F1: Ferrari rule out dream Alonso and Vettel pairing for now
Published 16/01/2013 | 13:54
FERRARI team principal Stefano Domenicali has insisted a dream-team pairing of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel is not their goal - for the time being.
Speculation has long surrounded Vettel and a potential move to Maranello, with suggestions last year the German had already signed a pre-contract agreement to join in 2014.
Vettel strenuously denied that claim prior to wrapping up his third consecutive Formula One world title with Red Bull in Brazil in November.
But that did not prevent Domenicali from being asked about the matter at Ferrari's annual pre-season 'Wrooom' event in Italy.
"We have always said, and I think the president (Luca di Montezemolo) also declared, a dream team is something extraordinary if it is well managed and if things work well," said Domenicali.
"For now, I think this is not our goal. We have to maximise the balance of our performance of the team. We must be very careful.
"It is not just in F1 because it is true also in the world of sport.
"If you put all the number ones together around the table it can be more damaging than positive, so for the time being this is not our goal."
Ferrari confirmed they will launch their as-yet-unnamed new car in Maranello on February 1.
In a further announcement, Domenicali said Pedro de la Rosa has joined Ferrari as a development driver for this year, primarily assisting with simulation work.
The 41-year-old Spaniard, a McLaren test driver from 2003 to 2009, had a brief spell with Sauber in 2010 before spending last season with HRT.
But with the Madrid-based marque folding at the end of last season it left De la Rosa unemployed, only for Ferrari to now take advantage of his considerable experience.
Domenicali said: "We must anticipate problems we have and focus on simulation.
"We think Pedro is the right person to develop this type of activity. We think he is a driver that fits well within our group."
Despite strong friendships with race drivers Alonso and Felipe Massa, Domenicali maintained De la Rosa had been employed for his technical expertise.
Domenicali added: "Clearly the fact Pedro has a good relationship with Fernando and Felipe is a positive factor, but the decision is purely technical."