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Red Bull vies to keep Vettel

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Red Bull Racing hopes to secure Sebastian Vettel's services until the end of 2015 © Getty Images
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Red Bull Racing is intent on securing the services of Sebastian Vettel until the end of 2015, according to AUTOSPORT.

Although Vettel's current contract expires at the end of 2012, team insiders have revealed that they hope to seal a three-year extension as soon as possible to ward of rival teams and that talks between driver and team are already underway.

Red Bull's hopes of keeping Vettel have been strengthened by the fact that the team's technical genius Adrian Newey is likely to stay on after agreeing to a rolling contract.

"The relationship is open-ended. He is enjoying what he is doing, he enjoys the environment at Red Bull and he is still relatively young," team boss Christian Horner told AUTOSPORT. "It is not like he is an old timer, so I don't think he has any plans to retire at the moment. He will certainly be here for the foreseeable future."

It is expected that Mark Webber's contract for 2011 will be sorted before the British Grand Prix. The Australian is expected to be kept on single-year contracts rather than also being put on a multi-season deal.