Red Bull Won't Let Vettel Test Ferrari Before Contract Ends

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According to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, Sebastian Vettel, the team's racing driver will not be given an early release from his Red Bull Formula 1 contract to test the Ferrari in the Abu Dhabi post-season test.

The four-time world champion is to move to the Ferrari racing team from next season. Vettel could sign a deal for USD 80 million with the Italian racing team, which will make him the highest paid athlete in the world.

Mateschitz said that Red Bull team will hold back Vettel to the full terms of his contract, which is valid until five days after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Mateschitz clearly stated that only after that will Vettel be a free agent.

It could have been possible for Vettel to have gained experience of a Ferrari in the test scheduled to take place at Yas Marina, after the 2014 season finale. This plan has been stalled by his Red Bull chiefs.

In order to keep Red Bull's future plans a secret, Vettel will not be involved for any meetings and will be kept away from information relating to Red Bull's 2015 plans.

Mateschitz said, "Sebastian will be totally equally treated and get the same material as Ricciardo in the final races. However, he will not get any information on our developments for 2015."

Sebastian Vettel will be replacing the Spaniard, Fernando Alonso of the Ferrari racing team for 2015.

Story first published: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 16:14 [IST]
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