Domenicali admits eye on Vettel 'for the future'
Ferrari Formula One team principal Stefano Domenicali attends a news conference after the second practice session of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur March 23, 2012.
After the media reports surfaced in Monaco, Red Bull's world champion denied claims he has signed a 'pre-contract' to move to the prestigious Maranello based team in 2014.
But the same denial has not been forthcoming from Domenicali, Ferrari's team principal.
When asked about Vettel's rumoured links to Ferrari, the Italian said: "He is a world champion and so for the future there is some interest from Ferrari."
According to the German newsmagazine Focus, however, Domenicali insisted there is no more to the story than that.
"Never say never," he added.
Pressed further about the 24-year-old German's talent, Domenicali admitted "very good" is "an understatement" to describe the back-to-back double world champion.
He also played down suggestions Ferrari would never pair Fernando Alonso with a teammate as strong as Vettel.
"This is not an issue for today," insisted Domenicali.
"But when you have clever people and strong drivers, it is easy to work together," he said.
"Of course we have a duty to think ahead about what young drivers could be good for the future with Ferrari."
He also said becoming a Ferrari driver is not a trivial issue.
"When you wear this red shirt, you must be very strong, not only in your driving skills but also mentally.
"You can not imagine how great is the pressure."
He also scoffed at all the rumours surrounding the cockpit currently occupied by Felipe Massa.
"If you look at all the people in the last few months who are supposedly driving for us, you could make your own Ferrari championship," Domenicali smiled.