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Vettel's Ferrari future up to him - Marchionne

Vettel's Ferrari future up to him - Marchionne”

In the wake of the Chinese Grand Prix, which saw Kimi Raikkonen finish fifth, over forty seconds behind his teammate, Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne cryptically warned that team boss Maurizio Arrivabene would be "having words" with the Finn. At the Austrian Grand Prix, Marchionne ruled out the possibility of the double world champion returning to Ferrari, while he also played down reports that Red Bull's Max Verstappen has agreed to join the team in 2019.

Neither Sebastian Vettel nor Kimi Raikkonen are under contract with the Scuderia in 2018, though the Italian outfit is ready to renew Vettel's contract if he wants to stay.

"Alonso may well have shown the desire to return [to Ferrari], but he did not find the right response from our side", said Marchionne.

He explained: "As for Verstappen we have not signed anything. The boys know we have started the job and we must carry it through to the end". "It's up to him", Marchionne told reporters before Sunday's race.

With the 20-round season approaching the halfway point at Silverstone next weekend, Vettel has won three races and it would probably have been four had he been given one more lap on Sunday. "There are some days when he is a little sluggish, but we'll see".

Although Vettel is leading the championship by 20 points, there had been talk in Austria that even his place at Ferrari could be under threat as a result of the clash with Lewis Hamilton in Azerbaijan. We have now closed that chapter, so we must think of the races and not the personal squabbles.

"My team wants to do well, and I can only do the best that I can".



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