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Vettel leaves Red Bull but does not announce 2015 plans // Kvyat moves up to join Daniel Ricciardo next season

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Vettel leaves Red Bull but does not announce 2015 plans
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The reigning four times World Champion Sebastian Vettel has confirmed that he will leave Red Bull at the end of the 2014 season, advising the team on Thursday night of his plans to take the next step in his F1 career. He hasn’t said what that next step will be, although all the signs and all the F1 pundits are pointing towards Ferrari.

Whilst not saying where he’s headed, Vettel pays tribute to the team he has spent 15 years with, has won four titles with, and has progressed to the top of the sport with. He adds there will be an announcement on his future “very soon.”

Red Bull issued a statement immediately on Saturday morning, saying: “As we wish Sebastian well in the next stage of his career, we also look to the future with excitement, as the vacancy makes way for the next generation of Red Bull racers. We’re pleased to announce that Daniel Ricciardo will be joined in the team for 2015 by another rising star from the Junior Programme, Daniil Kvyat.”

That leaves Toro Rosso down a driver, as they had already confirmed their lineup for next year as Kvyat and Verstappen. Back to the drawing board for the Scuderia.