Sebastian Vettel won’t be allowed to drive for Ferrari in the Abu Dhabi test with Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz saying they won’t release him early from his contract.
Four-time World Champion Vettel informed Red Bull at the Japanese GP that he will quit the team at the end of the season and, although he is yet to confirm his new team, it is an open secret that he will join Ferrari.
The German’s new employers were no doubt hoping that he would be able to drive the F14T at the post-season test in Abu Dhabi on November 25 and 26.
However, Mateschitz told Salzburger Nachrichten they will release him “five days after the last race” [November 28] as his contract will run out then.
The Austrian billionaire also confirmed that Vettel will no longer be given information about the team’s 2015 plans.
“Vettel is excluded from all development that we do for next year’s car already,” he said. “This does not mean that he gets worse equipment than [Daniel] Ricciardo. He will be treated identical in the final races.”
There are also no hard feelings over Vettel’s decision to join Ferrari.
“We wish Sebastian all the best. The separation is done by consensus and is the right thing for both sides,” he said.