Spielberg (Austria), July 10
Red Bull have given “a definite no” to four-times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of returning to them subsequent 12 months, staff boss Christian Horner mentioned on Friday.
The German, who’s out of contract with Ferrari on the finish of the season and dealing with an unsure future, had mentioned on Thursday he would say sure to a Red Bull drive if one was provided.
Vettel gained his titles with Red Bull from 2010-13 and stays on good phrases with the Austrian power drink model’s senior administration.
“We had a brilliant time with Seb,” Horner advised Sky F1 tv throughout follow for the Styrian Grand Prix at Austria’s Red Bull Ring. “He will endlessly be part of our historical past.”
“We did not anticipate him to be available on the market this 12 months and our dedication is to our current drivers. We assume we have got a terrific pairing in Max (Verstappen) and in Alex (Albon). We assume that has nice potential for the long run as nicely.”
“So unfortunately it’s not something we are going to be able to accommodate. That is a definite no, I’m afraid. Sebastian I think is aware of that.”
Horner’s feedback closed one other door to the 33-year-old after Renault introduced on Wednesday that that they had signed double world champion Fernando Alonso to fill the emptiness left by departing Australian Daniel Ricciardo.
Ricciardo, Vettel’s former Red Bull staff mate, is shifting to McLaren subsequent 12 months rather than Ferrari-bound Spaniard Carlos Sainz.
Vettel’s choices would seem like dwindling, with champions Mercedes anticipated to stay with six-times champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Racing Point, owned by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, or Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo might nonetheless be potentialities, nevertheless.
“It’s unusual for a four-time world champ to be out of a drive at this point in the year,” mentioned Horner.
“I guess he’s got a couple of choices available to him, I assume either Racing Point or a year out and re-evaluate the options in a year’s time.”
Racing Point’s present drivers are Lance Stroll, son of the proprietor, and Mexican Sergio Perez who signed a three-year contract extension final August though the small print remained confidential.
“I don’t think Lance is going to get fired,” quipped Horner. Reuters