Sebastian Vettel is unlikely to be part of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, says Horner

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Retrieved 13 May 2020, 17:46 IST

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Red Bull seems to be a potential destination for Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, who returned to the Red Bull after confirming the departure of four-time world champion Ferrari, is a possibility that has been ruled out by Christian Horner.

Horner, the principal of the Red Bull team, worked with Vettel for each of his Formula One championships between 2010 and 2013, with the team competing in a total of six asons.

Max Verstapen established himself as the number one driver, although after deciding to sign a new contract by 2023, Vettel was reluctant to associate Horner with another “alpha male” when he was found in 2021.

Alex Albon was promoted from Toro Rosso to Verstapen in the middle of last season and the team likes what it shows so far.

“It’s highly unlikely,” Horner told Sky Sports about the possibility of Vettel returning. “We have a long-term contract with Max and I think Alex is doing a good job.

“We’ve got a good dynamic in the team and experience shows that two alpha men don’t tend to be good panels.

“Sebastian is still a very competitive Grand Prix driver, so I don’t think it would be appropriate for our team to have two alphabets.

“We are satisfied with the driver we drove. I’m sure he’s no less of an option to go ahead, but obviously he chose that it didn’t work out for him at Ferrari.”

Uncertain about what Horner Vettel will do next, Renault and McLaren are seen as his most likely landing spots as he decides to stay in the F1 beyond 2020.

Mercedes team chief Toto Wolf also said he would consider Ferrari, although it is unlikely that Ferrari rivals will take action, there is also a complex possibility of retirement.

“I’m sure he has thought long and hard about it and you have to respect his decision,” Horner added.

“I have no idea where he is going from here. But he is a man with great honesty, great principles and whether he wants to continue or not, he has clearly achieved a huge amount in his time in Formula One.

“Four World Championships, he’s one of the most successful drivers of all time. He’s still relatively young, he’s in his early 30’s, if he wants to stay, he’s still very competitive.

“It’s entirely up to him and no one but Sebastian will know what his preferences are.”