Red Bull dismiss Vettel exit rumours

Tuesday 10-June-2014 11:34

Red Bull played down suggestions that Sebastian Vettel is contemplating leaving the Milton Keynes outfit after Adrian Newey announced his decision to quit Formula One.

Newey announced at last week's Canadian Grand Prix that he will take on new projects for parent company Red Bull while only working with the F1 team in an advisory capacity.

Vettel was asked about his own future and how that ties in with Newey's decision, to which he responded: "Well, I think my contract's still long enough... I'm looking short-term if you ask me about the future right now."

While Vettel's comment suggests he has doubts about his future with Red Bull, Team Principal Christian Horner remains convinced that there is no reason to be concerned.

"Adrian is taking up a different role, he is not retiring completely from F1," Horner told Autosport.

"He is going to be mentoring and advising the team, and we have a great strength in depth.

"I think it is fantastic we are still going to have Adrian around and access to him, as the group continues to develop.

"It is exciting for Adrian to be involved in other projects as well, so I think the future is extremely bright.

"Sebastian is never going to talk about what the state of his contracts are, but he has enjoyed a huge amount of success with the team.

"And I have got no doubt that he will be with the team for many years to come."

Horner added that a new technical structure will be put in place at Red Bull later this year, he confirmed that they won't appoint a direct replacement for Newey.

"Adrian will be looking at some other projects that we will announce a bit later in the year, but we have tremendous strength and depth in the team and there is no plan to replace Adrian with anybody else," he said.

"Things will kick in from the beginning of next season.

"This year he is fully focused on F1."

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