Check out our Arrive Safe feature…

...it’s packed with features, fun articles and videos to prepare you for the Christmas holiday trip and to amuse you on the ride.

Win a home theatre system worth R4000!

Stand a chance to win a home theatre system to the value of R4000 with Powerflow exhausts Sound of Summer giveaway.

Seb's Red Bull deal revealed

2013-02-18 14:31

HANDS OFF VETTEL: Niki Lauda (above) claims that Sebastian Vettel is in a long-tern contract with Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel is locked into a "long term" contract with Red Bull, according to Niki Lauda.

Triple World champion Lauda, now the Mercedes team's chairman, revealed he is aware of the precise term of the reigning World champion's current deal.

VETTEL CONFUSION

Lauda said: "I know Sebastian's contract with Red Bull and its long term. That's why we didn't try to take him under contract at Mercedes."

At the same time, Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport daily that Vettel was committed until the end of 2014, "anything else was never in question".

Which begs the question of what about 2015 and beyond? Would Red Bull consider signing Fernando Alonso, should German Vettel be wooed to Ferrari, which has ruled out putting the two together?

"If Alonso is still racing, then why not?” Mateschitz asked.

The publicity-shy team owner also steered away from right-hand man Marko's recent criticism of Mark Webber, saying one of Red Bull's strengths has been its "perfect drivers".

 "Webber is both a strong and charismatic character and an exceptional driver.”

He did, however, acknowledged that many in F1 would like to see Red Bull beaten in 2013. "It's an understandable desire, but it's also understandable that we are going to try to prevent it."

Mateschitz said sports such as F1 would always be an important part of the energy drink Red Bull's budget and was not ruling out entering the world of two wheels.

"MotoGP is a fantastic sport that has always fascinated me," he said, admitting a foray for Red Bull was "certainly conceivable".


NEXT ON WHEELS24X
Read more on:    f1  |  red bull  |  dietrich mateschitz

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside Wheels24

Sainz waiting for Toro Rosso call-up

The Formula 1 season might be over but rumours are still doing the rounds. Will Toro Rosso give Jean-Eric Vergne the chop and replace him with Carlos Sainz jnr?

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.