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Ferrari coy on Vettel rumours

FERRARI president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has denied reports that Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has agreed to join the team in 2014 by saying he does not want "two roosters in the same henhouse".

REPORTS have suggested two-time defending world champion Vettel (25) had been lined up to switch to Ferrari in 2014, with Felipe Massa retaining his seat next season as a stop-gap.

That would see Vettel become the team-mate of his chief rival for the 2012 world title, Fernando Alonso, who is contracted with the Maranello team until 2016, but Montezemolo said that would go against the team's long-standing policy of having a clear number one driver on their team.

"Today the problem is not with drivers," he said.

"Two-thousand-and-fourteen is still to come but I don't want to have two roosters in the same henhouse, rather two drivers who race for Ferrari and not for themselves.

"I don't want problems and rivalries, which we didn't have between (Michael) Schumacher and (Eddie) Irvine, between Schumacher and (Rubens) Barrichello, between Alonso and Massa or Massa and Schumi or Massa and (Kimi) Raikkonen."

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said: "Sebastian Vettel, without a shadow of doubt, will be part of the Red Bull Racing team in 2014."