Formula 1: Red Bull Racing dash Sebastian Vettel's seat hopes for next season with a 'definite no'
Vettel, who is out of contract with Ferrari at the end of the season and facing an uncertain future, had said on Thursday he would say yes to a Red Bull drive if one was offered.
Red Bull have given “a definite no” to four times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of driving for them next year, team boss Christian Horner said on Friday.
The German, who is out of contract with Ferrari at the end of the season and facing an uncertain future, had said on Thursday he would say yes to a Red Bull drive if one was offered.
“Obviously the topic has been raised, we had a brilliant time with Sebastien, he’ll forever be a part of our history, but we didn’t expect him to be on the market this year, and our commitment is to our existing drivers,”Horner told Sky F1 television at the Styrian Grand Prix..
“We think we have a great pairing in Max (Verstappen) and Alex (Albon), and we think that has great potential for the future as well, so unfortunately it’s not something that we’re going to be able to accommodate.”
Asked if that was a “definite no” to Vettel being an option for next year, Horner replied: “That is a definite no I’m afraid.”
“Sebastian is aware of that. It’s unusual for a four-time World Champion to be out of a drive at this point in the year so I guess he has got a couple of choices available to him, assuming Racing Point or a year out and re-evaluate the options in a year’s time.”
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
Formula 1 2020: Verstappen's memorable win to Leclerc's successful one-stop strategy, talking points from 70th Anniversary GP
Max Verstappen gave Red Bull its first race win this season at the 70th Anniversary GP and it came due to a superior tyre strategy to Mercedes. Meanwhile, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc successfully pulled off a one-stop strategy to finish fourth. Here are the biggest talking point from the Silverstone Circuit.
Formula 1 2020: Sebastian Vettel’s final season at Ferrari plagued by poor performances, tense exchanges with team
Team boss Mattia Binotto says Ferrari have not lost faith in Vettel, yet it appears increasingly apparent that the German is not receiving the same level of focused support as his team-mate Charles Leclerc
Formula 1 2020: Lance Stroll quickest at 2nd British Grand Prix practice; Sebastian Vettel struggles
Lance Stroll's unexpected teammate Nico Hulkenberg was seventh after filling in at the last minute for Sergio Perez.