Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner has confirmed that the team has no intention of re-hiring Sebastian Vettel when the German’s contract with Ferrari expires at the end of next season.
Vettel who won four championships back to back from 2010 – 2013 with Red Bull Racing moved to Ferrari replacing Fernando Alonso at the end of the 2014 season has vented some frustration at the lack of competitiveness with Ferrari this season and has been out-shone on numerous occasions this season by team mate Kimi Raikkonen with the Finn just seven points behind Vettel in the race for fourth place in the championship.
When asked during the build up to this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix about the possibility of Vettel returning to the team, Horner said that the outfit are happy with their current line up of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen and what Vettel does at the end of next season is his business.
Vettel has been criticized recently by Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene following attempting to get involved in the running of the team and the development of the car in a way that Michael Schumacher did during his time at with the Prancing Horse.
Arrivabene confirmed that this is not how Ferrari works now and that the book stops with him. This led to suggestions of a rift between Vettel and Arrivabene however this has been denied by both parties. Reports in Spain have also suggested that the Maranello based outfit could be looking to replace Arrivabene at the end of the season possibly with McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier however this is just pure speculation.
As for Red Bull, Christian Horner joked that there is no room at the inn for Vettel with both of his drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen locked into long term contracts with the team.astian Vettle