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Vettel 'locked in' to Red Bull

ESPNF1 Staff
January 27, 2011 « Di Resta and Sutil confirmed for 2011 | »
Sebastian Vettel: committed to the team if results meet requirements © Getty Images

A results clause in Sebastian Vettel's contract means he is unlikely to leave Red Bull at the end of the season, despite widespread reports linking him with a switch to Ferrari.

Vettel remains under contract for 2011, but it was believed that the 'option' relating to 2012 was exercisable by either the driver or Red Bull. But an article published by the Red Bull-owned Speed Week magazine revealed that if Vettel wins a prescribed number of races this year, and finishes the championship in the top three, he will be locked in for 2012.

The editorial said that all the speculation about Vettel's future beyond 2011 was "written without knowledge of his contractual situation" regarding the 2012 option. "There is an option based on the results," Red Bull's Helmut Marko confirmed. "We will not just let a top driver go."