Red Bull have today announced that Sebastian Vettel will remain with the team until the end of the 2014 season.
The reigning world champion has extended his agreement with the team that have supported his racing career since 1998.
Speaking to the BBC, Vettel explained why he is commiting the team for at least three more seasons. “The reason why I’ll stay until 2014 with Red Bull Racing is that I feel very comfortable in the team,” he said. “I am proud to be part of the team, and I am proud of what we have archived so far and will achieve together in the future.”
The announcement also ends speculation that Mercedes were planning to poach the German to replace Michael Schumacher when he retires, and rumours that Ferrari had their eye on the youngest-ever F1 race winner and world champion.
“It’s good to have it done and tidied up prior to the beginning of the season – rumours had already started about other teams,” Christan Horner told BBC Sport. “We were keen to take away that distraction and concentrate on the racing.”