There used to a time when rumors were just that: rumors. Nowadays, though, if you hear something mentioned in hushed whisper, chances are it’s happening. Sebastian Vettel splitting with Infiniti Red Bull was just such rumor, now confirmed true.
Infiniti Red Bull put out a press released on Saturday as the F1 circus was gearing up for the qualifying session of Suzuka Gran Prix in Japan, confirming that four time Formula One World Drivers Champion Sebastian Vettel will be replaced by the rookie Kvyat starting from 2015 season.
“We’re pleased to announce that Daniel (Ricciardo) will be joined in the team for 2015 by another rising star from the junior programme, Daniil Kvyat,” read the release.
While it remains to be officially confirmed by the Italians, there is little doubt that Vettel is headed to the Scuderia to replace Fernando Alonso, who is equally unhappy at Ferrari as Vettel is at Red Bull. Come to think of it, these guys have a lot in common. They both achieved greatness in F1 at a very young age, using the teams that made them famous as stepping stones, and as soon as they had better offers they just split!
Red Bull is taking this pretty well, however, as shown by their team boss Christian Horner who calmly explained the Ferrari’s offer to Vettel must have been quite interesting, and that from next season they will be looking at the German as a rival, no hard feelings.
As to where Alonso is going to wend up, rumor has it he will be driving for McLaren Honda next season. So you can be sure it’s true.