Vettel was not Ferrari 'plan A' to replace Alonso

Alberto Antonini, the Scuderia press officer between 2015 and 2018, has revealed that Nico Rosberg visited Maranello before renewing with Mercedes in July 2014.

Five years. A five-year period. This is the period that Sebastian Vettel has been at Ferrari. A period where although Vettel has achieved '12 +1 'victories, 11 pole positions or 1,367 points in 101 races, the four-time champion has not been able to achieve the great goal for which he signed for Scuderia on November 20, 2014 to replace Fernando Alonso: win the Formula 1.

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A signing that on Wednesday has been known that it was not the 'plan A' of the leaders of the Cavallino Rampante. Alberto Antonini, Ferrari press officer between 2015 and 2018, in full whirlwind about the future of Lewis Hamilton in the 'Grand Circus', has confessed in his usual column in 'Formula Passion' that Nico Rosberg visited the offices of Maranello to negotiate its annexation to the Italian team

"I don't know if Lewis Hamilton's rumors are true, but what is clear is that when there are rumors and stories are written that contacts have occurred, it is because someone who has great knowledge of the situation and feels comfortable telling it. When Nico Rosberg came to visit us at Maranello's office, nobody knew, but we are going to leave this topic for the next columns, "Antonini wrote.

A meeting that could have happened in northern Italy in May 2014 after Gerhard Berger activated his old contacts at Ferrari, two months before the German driver announced, through his Twitter account during the German Grand Prix dispute 2014, its renewal with Mercedes for several years.

It should be remembered that in November 2018, Luca di Montezemolo granted an interview to 'BBC Sport' where he assured that, before starting the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, Sebastian Vettel went to his home in Switzerland with a fantastic box of local chocolates to communicate but if he won the title that year, he wanted to drive for Ferrari. It was Alonso's indecision in extending his bond with those of Maranello until 2019 and Rosberg's continuity with the silver arrows, which led Marco Mattiacci to activate Vettel's option to replace the Asturian after the Austrian Grand Prix 2014.

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