Sebastian Vettel admitted he hopes to emulate “childhood idol” and fellow German Michael Schumacher after being announced as a Ferrari driver for next season this week.

Ferrari confirmed the four-time world champion will join up with Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian Formula One giants from 2015.

The announcement was made minutes after Spaniard Fernando Alonso’s departure from Ferrari was confirmed.

Ferrari said Vettel, currently racing with Red Bull, will sign a three-year deal with the Italian giants, who have not won a world drivers’ title since 2007 when Raikkonen triumphed during his previous spell with the team.