Four-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel will leave Red Bull at the end of the season, with the team expecting him to join Ferrari. The 27-year-old German told Red Bull chief Christian Horner on Friday that he intended to leave, and the team made the formal announcement ahead of qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix in Sazuka. Red Bull immediately named a replacement, promoting Daniil Kvyat from its associated team Toro Rosso to join Daniel Ricciardo in a youthful 2015 lineup. Vettel had been under contract with Red Bull for next season. Current Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are both under contract with the Italian team for 2015, but Alonso acknowledged he had been in recent talks with the team about his future. – AP
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