Bernie Ecclestone, F1's chief executive, has offered to help Sebastian Vettel find his way into the cockpit of a top car

Bernie Ecclestone, F1's chief executive, has offered to help Sebastian Vettel find his way into the cockpit of a top car.

The 78-year-old Briton is an unabashed fan of the young German, who dazzled the paddock last year by winning the Italian grand prix in a Toro Rosso.

Vettel, 21, has stepped up to Red Bull's senior team for 2009, but Ecclestone has previously predicted an eventual deal with Ferrari.

Bernie told the latest edition of Auto Bild: "If he needs any help, he can call me."

Ecclestone reveals that Vettel's current contract ties him to Red Bull both this year and in 2010. "But you never know what happens," he insisted.

"Things can change quickly and perhaps Red Bull will be happy to sell him on at the end of the year."

 

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