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Sebastian Vettel extends Red Bull contract

If Sebastian Vettel is one day to move to Ferrari as has been rumoured, it will not happen anytime soon, as Red Bull Racing announces that it has re-signed the defending F1 World Champion until the end of 2014
Defending F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel will be a Red Bull Racing driver for at least another four years, the team has confirmed, with a contract extension that ties the German to the energy drinks-backed outfit until the end of 2014.

Vettel has been supported by Red Bull since 1998 and is a graduate of the Red Bull Junior Team. Last year, the 23-year-old became the youngest competitor ever to lift the ultimate laurels in F1 when he triumphed in Abu Dhabi to clinch the drivers' crown.

It had already been mooted over the weekend that a new deal was in the pipeline [see separate story – click here], and despite persistent speculation that Vettel will one day wind up at Ferrari – prompted initially by an admission from the ten-time grand prix-winner that it would be 'a dream' to race one of the legendary scarlet cars in the future – if the Scuderia does wish to tempt him away from RBR, it now faces rather a wait.

Last year, Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner quipped that he would like to retain his protégé's services until 2028 and that all efforts are focussed upon 'building the team around Sebastian' [see separate story – click here].

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March 14, 2011 2:02 PM

Teflonso isn't a team player so Vettel is right to stay where he is and with Newey at the helm he knows his car will be at minimum competitive each year. Why would he want to go and be No.2 at Ferrari??

Wade - Unregistered

March 15, 2011 5:12 AM

Honestly, I'd like to see Vettel in a really bad car. If he can perform well with that, I'll consider him a great driver. Some of the other champions in the field have done it already.

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