Red Bull has shut the door on Sebastian Vettel as Christian Horner does not want “two alpha males” at the team.
Vettel will be unemployed at the end of this year, at least as things stand today, as the German announced he is leaving Ferrari.
2020 will be Vettel’s sixth and final season at the Scuderia after the two decided not to continue working together.
The 32-year-old says he is going to take some time to decide want he wants to do next year with some reports linking him to McLaren while others claim retirement is on the cards.
Vettel is not giving anything away.
“One needs to use one’s imagination and to adopt a new approach to a situation that has changed,” he said.
“I myself will take the time I need to reflect on what really matters when it comes to my future.”
One outfit that won’t be looking to sign him is his former Red Bull team.
Although Vettel is the most successful driver in Red Bull’s history with four World titles, the Milton Keynes team has moved on since he departed for Ferrari.
The team has another young star on its hands in Max Verstappen with Horner convinced the two would not gel as team-mates.
He is also happy with the easy dynamics between Verstappen and his newest team-mate, Alexander Albon, who will remain with the team for the 2020 season.
“We have a long-term agreement with Max,” Horner told Sky Sports.
“I think Alex is doing a good job and we have a good dynamic within the team.
“Experience shows that two alpha males doesn’t tend to pan out well.
“Sebastian Vettel is still a very competitive grand prix driver so I don’t think it would be conducive to our team to have two alphas.
“We are happy with the driver line up we have.”