Four time world champion Sebastian Vettel is set to leave Red Bull for Ferrari with Alonso rumoured to be heading to McLaren. The shake up has surfaced ahead of today’s Japanese GP with the 27 yer old Vettel announcing it to his team on the eve of qualifying.
Team principal Christian Horner said Ferrari had made Vettel “a very attractive offer.” Alonso, 33, still had two more years to run on his contract but he and Ferrari have agreed to separate. Horner also revealed that Vettel only told him of his decision to leave on Friday night – in the middle of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend – hours before the official announcement was made.
Vettel will be replaced at Red Bull by Russian Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat. Neither Vettel’s move to Ferrari nor Alonso’s switch to McLaren have yet been officially announced, but both are expected to be in the coming days.