Ferrari team principal fuels idea

Ferrari team principal fuels speculation team courting Sebastian Vettel to join Fernando Alonso

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali poured fuel on speculation linking reigning Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel with Ferrari ahead of the weekend's European Grand Prix.

The Red Bull star's name was raised in a wide-ranging joint interview with Domenicali and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone at the recent Canadian GP, later published on Ferrari's website, Sky Sports reported.

The subject of the team's future driver lineup was raised and, perhaps tellingly, neither Domenicali nor Ecclestone shied away from discussing the possibility that Vettel could transfer to the Italian team's Maranello base in the near future.

"In life one should never say never!" Domenicali is reported to have replied, with a broad smile, when presented with "a rather provocative photo-montage, with Vettel made to look as though he's wearing a Ferrari red race suit."

Asked if Vettel could partner Ferrari's two-time former world champion Fernando Alonso, whose solitary year at McLaren alongside Lewis Hamilton ended in their mutual destruction, Domenicali's reply was even more intriguing.

"I think they are both intelligent guys and they could easily coexist together," he said.