Milan - Sebastian Vettel admitted he hopes to emulate his "greatest idol" and
fellow German Michael Schumacher after being announced as a Ferrari
driver for next season on Thursday.
Ferrari confirmed that the
four-time world champion will join up with Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian
Formula One giants on a three-year deal from 2015.
A statement by
Ferrari said: "Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has reached an
agreement of three years duration with Sebastian Vettel, who will drive
for the team as from the 2015 season.
"The driver line-up next season will consist of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel."
The announcement was made minutes after Spaniard Fernando Alonso's departure from Ferrari after a five-year spell was confirmed.
said Vettel, currently racing with Red Bull, will sign a three-year
deal with the Italian giants, who have not won a world drivers' title
since 2007 when Raikkonen triumphed during his previous spell with the
Vettel, who has won four consecutive world titles in 2010,
2011, 2012 and 2013 said he was delighted to be given the chance to
emulate seven-time champion and compatriot Schumacher.
stage of my Formula 1 career will be spent with Scuderia Ferrari and for
me that means the dream of a lifetime has come true" - said Vettel.
I was a kid, Michael Schumacher in the red car was my greatest idol and
now it's an incredible honour to finally get the chance to drive a
"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
Schumacher, 45, who raced for Ferrari between 1996 and
2006, is currently receiving treatment at his home in Gland,
Switzerland, after suffering severe brain injuries in a skiing accident
in the French Alps last December.