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Vettel is Ferrari's preferred Alonso successor
Friday 21st December 2012, 14:05 by TF1T Staff
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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says Sebastian Vettel would be a perfect fit for Ferrari should Fernando Alonso leave.
Whilst the Italian believes Alonso is the best driver in the sport, should such a scenario present itself in which the Spaniard chose to leave, di Montezemolo would encourage Vettel or the lesser preferred Lewis Hamilton to take over the lead role.
"Between all the drivers, Vettel and Hamilton could be perfect for Ferrari in the future, with one difference - Vettel is younger," he said.
"First of all, of all the drivers, we have the best - in terms of speed, intelligence in the race, and a capability to work with the team.
"But if Alonso decided to go to live in Hawaii with the girlfriend, I have no doubt that for human and professional reasons [I would choose] Vettel. He would be very good for us."
Explaining why, the 65-year-old added: "I like Vettel, because he is not presumptuous. He wants to win but he is not arrogant. Michael [Schumacher] told me many years ago that coming from karts, Vettel had the most potential of any young driver and he was right."