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Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve has stated that believes that Sebastian Vettel 'is finished at Red Bull' and that he should move team's next season.
The 1997 world champion believes that Red Bull have now switched focus to Daniel Ricciardo while the Canadian reckons that the Milton Keynes based outfit are now treating Vettel like they treated Mark Webber. Villeneuve said:
'Sebastian is a four-time World Champion who has earned the titles won, but now Red Bull Racing is treating him like they were Mark Webber. They seem to have decided to focus only on Daniel Ricciardo. Now they want to 'kill' Sebastian because the German is not able to give another image of Red Bull.'
Rumors surfaced yesterday that McLaren were looking into the possibility of rehiring Fernando Alonso for next season alongside Lewis Hamilton which would be a return to their 2007 driver lie-up. It is EXTREMELY unlikely that the team would opt for a return to this pairing for next season, however IF it was to happen it would leave a seat free at Ferrari which could see Vettel partner Raikkonen next year.
If Hamilton did leave Mercedes (Again EXTREMELY unlikely) it would free up at seat at Mercedes which would allow Jenson Button to move to Mercedes.
Sebastian Vettel is currently locked into a long term contract with the Milton Keynes based outfit so it is unlikely that Vettel will leave Red Bull Racing in the short time. The German retired from the last race, the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.
Vettel is currently in 5th place in the Driver's championship on 60 point's, 105 behind championship leader, Mercedes AMG F1 Team's Nico Rosberg.
The German will bounce back from his difficult start to the 2014 season, it is just going to take a little bit of time.
© Ben Johnston 2014