Vettel denies Red Bull talks with Horner took place

Jamie Woodhouse
Sebastian Vettel heads through the paddock. Melbourne April 2022.

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel walks while wearing sunglasses. Australia April 2022.

Sebastian Vettel cooled any rumour of a return to Red Bull, saying it is a long time since he talked to his former team.

The height of Vettel’s success came during his years with Red Bull, the German racer claiming four Drivers’ Championships in succession between 2010-13, during which time Red Bull won all four of the Constructors’ titles on offer also.

Vettel moved on to Ferrari in 2015, a spell which brought a healthy collection of race wins, but not the title which both driver and team craved.

Now Vettel finds himself at Aston Martin, but his second campaign with the Silverstone outfit has not started in positive fashion. Vettel has now at least scored his first points of the season with a P8 at Imola in the underwhelming AMR22.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, behind Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin. Italy, April 2022.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, behind Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, in the Imola sprint. Italy, April 2022.

With the four-time champ in a car far from podium contention, never mind challenging for wins or titles, there are question marks swirling over whether Vettel will extend his stay with the team into 2023.

But, could he move forwards by taking a couple of steps back?

It was put to Vettel that there was talk of him potentially returning to Red Bull, with Sergio Perez not currently contracted beyond 2022.

Apparently team principal Christian Horner had reached out to him first, but Vettel was quick to shut that talk down.

“I haven’t spoken to Christian in ages. It’s not true,” he confirmed, as quoted by


So, if Red Bull is not an option, could Vettel walk away from Formula 1 entirely at the end of the season.

He admits that his future beyond 2022 is still to be decided and very much depends on Aston Martin’s performance and trajectory.

“I am still active, my contract runs until the end of the year. A decision has not been made yet,” he told Bild.

“It depends on how strong the car is, how the team develops and how the races go. But I don’t need to lie: My future is a topic that is coming up and one that I am dealing with.

“The truth is: I have a lot of ideas, I talk to a lot of people and I’m easily inspired.


“But I’m not putting any pressure on myself to create the perfect follow-up career tomorrow. I don’t want to raise any expectations of finding the perfect thing.

“I have found something in Formula 1 that I am very good at. Something where I can compete with the best in the world. What comes after that, only time will tell.

“I am currently fulfilling my task. Two years ago I said ‘I’m going for another two years’. But I don’t think about life after that every day now.”


Sebastian Vettel addresses rumours of Red Bull return

Sebastian Vettel's contract with Aston Martin is up at the end of the season, and the question now is on his future.