Sebastian Vettel might to want to go to Ferrari one day, but at the moment he is in a team that has supported his entire career; that has won him two World Championships, that has shown that it can bounce back from adversity and that gives him a little help if his team mate is a little too close for comfort. At the same time he is paid very large amounts of money, even if some of the other drivers have older deals that are worth more.
There is a need at the moment to lower some of these salaries, to take into account some economic realities.
Ferrari on the other hand has arguably the best driver in the world today. He is leading the World Championship, despite obviously not having the right car. The only weakness that we have ever really seen in him (apart from some suspicions about his involvement in some dodgy activities in Singapore in 2009) was in 2007 when he was knocked sideways by the pace of a young Lewis Hamilton and ended up getting himself into a terrible mess with the McLaren team – and being forced to leave and go back to a lesser team until he could get a Ferrari seat.
Fernando says that he is not bothered about any possible team-mate, but one has to ask whether Ferrari is really willing to gamble and put two supermen into the same telephone box. Is it not better to have a number one driver and a very good number two? The tradition at Ferrari was exactly that, particularly with Michael Schumacher’s team-mates waiting on him hand and foot. The team had total control of the drivers, to the extent that, for example, Mika Salo gave up his only ever chance of a Formula 1 victory because the team wanted him to support Eddie Irvine, who was a good number 2 but not up to the task of standing in for Michael Schumacher when he broke his leg.
The current Alonso-Felipe Massa relationship is good, but Massa is just not delivering enough points. Over at Red Bull, Mark Webber is bringing home the bacon, race after race. Surely it would be a better move for Ferrari to hire Webber for the next two years?
If Alonso starts to lose his speed, then a new star will need to be found for the red cars from Maranello, but in that scenario I can imagine the Scuderia going for a Lewis Hamilton or a Sebastian Vettel. Until that happens I just do not see Vettel going there. It makes no sense.
On the other hand Ferrari has long had a habit of signing options with drivers several years in advance so maybe there is a provisional deal with Vettel, just in case he is needed. I doubt that, but it is possible.