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Horner: Ferrari move? 'Never' on agenda

Christian Horner describes new deal with Red Bull as a 'natural extension' and that he 'never' considered moving to rivals Ferrari

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has described his new multi-year deal with the team as a 'natural extension'.

There had been rumours linking the 39-year-old to Ferrari, however, all that speculation was scotched at the end of last month, when news broke that he had agreed terms to extend his current contract.

Speaking to the official F1 site this week, Horner added that the idea of moving to the Scuderia "never, never at all" crossed his mind.

"It was a natural extension for me - something that was logical. I came into F1 with Red Bull - Dietrich Mateschitz gave me the opportunity, and that at a quite young age - so it was a pure formality to extend our relationship," he explained.

"What we have achieved at Red Bull Racing is extremely special and my commitment has always been one hundred percent to the team. The meeting at Ferrari had absolutely nothing to do with me personally - it was all about the future of F1."

But what of the rumours? "Ha, that is the F1 media that we know. But believe me, it was a meeting over the future of F1 - and it was very well natured and very productive," he added.

Meanwhile, Horner insisted the future for F1 is bright, even if there is concern that the current economic squeeze could see more teams go the way of HRT. The Spanish team of course folded at the end of last season.

“The interest in F1 is as high as ever. We had a fantastic championship in 2012. With the teams having reached an agreement with the commercial rights holder for a long period it is important now to plan into the future.

“We see exciting things happening within F1, with new race venues coming up in future years, so sometimes it's good to sit down with a small group and discuss some of the bigger issues,” Horner concluded.

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Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal. 06.02.2013.
MILTON KEYENES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Simon Sproule, Infiniti Corporate Vice-President Global Marketing, Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer, Christian Horner, Team Principle, Mark Webber of Australia, and Sebastian Vettel of Germany talk to the guests during the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 launch on February 3, 2013 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYENES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Christian Horner, Team Principle, Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer, Mark Webber of Australia, Simon Sproule, Infiniti Corperate Vice-President Global Marketing and Sebastian Vettel of Germany pose along side the new car during the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 launch on February 3, 2013 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
(L to R): Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal with Franz Tost (AUT) Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal.
Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal.

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Yak - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 4:17 AM

slightlysideways - I think it goes without saying that a team principal on their own isn't going to make a team successful. But with the resources he has to work with, he's pulled together a fantastic team and, after a more humble start, lead them to great successes. Sure, without the team he wouldn't necessarily have achieved it... but that's part of what he has achieved. And on the other hand, a fantastic group of individuals isn't necessarily going to go anywhere if the man in charge of pulling them all together is rubbish at his job. It isn't down to any one person (even Newey), but Horner has certainly played his part well.

WeStY1989 - Unregistered

February 10, 2013 9:40 AM

cnt stand theses articles whats with keep saying vettel and now horner jumping ship too ferrari when the have won the last 3 championships. it aint guna happen unless redbull get serious issues but with the mastermind newey and the lighting quick vettel they seem to be untouchable these two are going to have a great era in f1 and its already started .. vettel and newey are by far the deadliest pair in f1 also thinking they are keeping mark webber on as they dont want know1 coming between vettel and the championship altho alonso was very close to getting the crown vettel has the upper hand...NEWEY...

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