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Horner: No discussions with Vettel over Red Bull return

  • Published on 22 Jul 2019 09:10
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has insisted that there is no intention to lure Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel back to the team in 2020, despite the German's current difficulties at the Scuderia team.

Vettel won four back-to-back titles with the Red Bull team from 2010 to 2013, as well as helping the team to four straight constructors' titles in that same period.

There have been rumours circulating in recent weeks that Vettel may opt for a return to his former team as a possible replacement for struggling Frenchman Pierre Gasly.

"Sebastian is under contract, I believe until next year at least," Horner told BBC Sport.

"There has been no discussion about him coming back, We are very happy with the job Max is doing, I think the top three teams will remain status quo until the end of 2020."

Red Bull prepared to help Gasly

Horner added that the team are prepared to help out Gasly in order for him to return to form and produce better results.

The French driver managed to meet his best finish in F1 last time out in Silverstone when he managed a strong fourth-place finish.

Gasly also managed to top the timesheets for the first time in his Formula 1 career when he finished in top spot after the weekend's first practice session. Horner believes the negative speculation towards Gasly has been harsh.

"He's been thrown into the seat much earlier than we would have planned", Horner said. "He had a couple of accidents during pre-season that knocked his confidence. Compounding that, he's got arguably the toughest team-mate in the world.

"For sure, he's under-delivered against his own potential in the first seven, eight races of the year.

"But we have known him a long time, we know what his potential is - and that's why we're giving him all the backing that we possibly can to try and help him turn the corner." 

 

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  • Clever girl. First only talking about how Max is doing, only to later add that "well we want to help our other driver of course..". So maybe they ain't in talks with Vettel (though I kinda think they've at least talked, because Horner is a known liar), but I think the way he talks here kinda insinuates they are looking at other options should Gasly not git gud.

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    • Jul 22 2019 - 09:25
  • f1ski

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    Verstappen to mercedes. RBR needs a top driver that would be Vettel. I see Bottas to Ferrari

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    • Jul 22 2019 - 14:51
    • Highly possible scenario, and a win win for all the teams involved, except for the fans, who would have to bare another Merc. dominated annihilation.

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      • Jul 22 2019 - 21:04
  • Redbull doesn't like to pay $30 mil to one person per year. But, perhaps they are desperate?

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    • Jul 22 2019 - 21:03
  • boudy

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    Their main priority will be to retain Verstappen not to sign Vettel. The RBH is built around Verstappen so his preference will be to stay but only on good terms. Even if Verstappen stays at RBH it would only be for a 2 year period after 2020.

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    • Jul 23 2019 - 08:18
    • True, but the two don't have to be mutually exclusive.. Unless Max vetoes that move, that is. But Vettel could very well return for 2020 or 2021, and the design would likely not need a lot of pivot to fit Vettel's style. The base of the RB cars all share some degree of philosophy Vettel is intimately familiar with as is, the personal tuning of his own car could be enough to ofset anything that could fit Max better. And honestly I'd just love to see the kinda fights Vet and Max could bring in equal cars. :3

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      • Jul 23 2019 - 19:50

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