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‘A definite no’: Red Bull rejects Vettel’s suggestion he’d rejoin the F1 team

SPIELBERG, Austria — Red Bull have specified “a definite no” to four-periods Formula A person world winner Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of returning to them future calendar year, staff boss Christian Horner explained on Friday. Racing Position also politely declined.

The German, who is out of deal with Ferrari at the stop of the time and dealing with an uncertain long term, experienced explained on Thursday he would say of course to a Red Bull generate if 1 was made available.

Vettel gained his titles with Red Bull from 2010-13 and remains on superior terms with the Austrian vitality consume brand’s senior management.

“We experienced a good time with Seb,” Horner advised Sky F1 tv all through exercise for the Styrian Grand Prix at Austria’s Red Bull Ring. “He will eternally be a aspect of our background.

“We failed to assume him to be on the market this calendar year, and our determination is to our existing drivers. We consider we have bought a excellent pairing in Max (Verstappen) and in Alex (Albon). We consider that has excellent probable for the long term as nicely.

“So regretably it is really not some thing we are likely to be capable to accommodate. That is a definite no, I’m concerned. Sebastian I consider is knowledgeable of that.”

Horner’s comments closed an additional doorway to the 33-calendar year-outdated just after Renault announced on Wednesday that they experienced signed double world winner Fernando Alonso to fill the vacancy still left by departing Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

Ricciardo, Vettel’s previous Red Bull teammate, is transferring to McLaren future calendar year in position of Ferrari-bound Spaniard Carlos Sainz.

Vettel’s alternatives would seem to be dwindling, with champions Mercedes expected to adhere with 6-periods winner Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Horner suggested Racing Position, owned by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, could be a probability, but the Mercedes-powered staff played down such speculation.

“It’s flattering that everyone thinks a four-time world winner should really come to our staff, it’s possible that’s due to the fact the car’s a bit quicker now,” Racing Position principal Otmar Szafnauer advised a movie information meeting.

“We have very long contracts with each of our drivers so it would only be logical that we really don’t have space.”

Racing Point’s present drivers are Lance Stroll, son of the operator, and Mexican Sergio Perez who signed a a few-calendar year deal extension very last August though the specifics remained private.

Vettel detailed his alternatives on Thursday as “have on, have a split or retire.”