ABU DHABI – Sebastian Vettel has made no secret of his frustration after Red Bull prevented him from leaving the team early and running with Ferrari at next week’s two-day test in Abu Dhabi.
Ferrari announced on Thursday that it had signed the four-time world champion for the 2015 season on a three year contract, replacing the McLaren-bound Fernando Alonso.
Although most contracts run until the end of the calendar year, it was thought that Vettel would try to break free of his contract early and take part in the two-day test for Ferrari, allowing him to settle it a little earlier.
However, speaking to the media after qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today, he revealed that Red Bull had initially allowed him to take part in the test for Ferrari, only to then decide against it.
“Yes,” he said when asked if he would have liked to test for Ferrari next week. “It’s a shame, especially because initially I was allowed and then I wasn’t, but it is what it is.
“All of a sudden, something changed I think. As far as I understand… I don’t know, the technical people were panicking a little bit, being afraid that I would take some secrets.”
It was then suggested that Vettel could simply take those secrets in January when he officially joins Ferrari.
“Yeah, that’s what I said,” he replied.
Vettel will not be taking part in next week’s test for Red Bull, though, with the team confirming that Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniel Ricciardo will be completing the two day run at Yas Marina Circuit.