This has been talked about in Formula 1 circles for months, but this is the very first time that Scuderia Ferrari is officially confirming that it has come to an agreement with Sebastian Vettel, with the four-time champion joining the team for three years and partnering with Kimi Raikkonen from the 2015 season onward.
"Scuderia Ferrari has decided to put its faith in the youngest multiple champion in the history of Formula 1," said Scuderia Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci. "In Formula 1 terms, Sebastian Vettel is a unique combination of youthfulness and experience, and he brings with him that sense of team spirit, which will prove invaluable when, together with Kimi, they tackle the challenges awaiting us, as we aim to be front-runners again as soon as possible. With Sebastian, we all share a thirst for victory as well as enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and tenacity--key elements for all the Scuderia members to write together a new winning chapter in the history of Ferrari."
According to Vettel, joining Scuderia Ferrari is the fullfilment of a childhood dream.
"When I was a kid, Michael Schumacher in the red car was my greatest idol, and now it's an incredible honor to finally get the chance to drive a Ferrari," Vettel said in a statement. "I already got a small taste of what the Ferrari spirit means, when I took my first win at Monza in 2008, with an engine from the Prancing Horse built in Maranello. The Scuderia has a great tradition in this sport, and I am extremely motivated to help the team get back to the top. I will put my heart and soul into making it happen."