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Sebastian Vettel commits future to Red Bull

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Helmut Marko and Dietrich Mateschitz were keen to secure Sebastian Vettel's long-term future © Getty Images
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Sebastian Vettel has agreed a new contract with Red Bull, keeping him with the team until 2014.

The world champion's contract was due to expire at the end of this season, with an option only in place for the following year, but a Red Bull statement has confirmed that he will now stay with the team for another three years at least.

The news will end speculation linking Vettel with a move to Ferrari, after he had admitted we would like to drive for them in the future. He had recently said that he was in no rush to leave the team that helped him win his first world title.

"If you look at my passport, I think I've got more than a couple of years more to think about it," Vettel told Marca. "I'm very happy where I am, it's like a family. I have a special relationship with Red Bull and I'm proud of that."

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz had told DPA that Vettel should sign a contract extension "soon", and the team's motorsport advisor Helmut Marko confirmed that the deal was in place.

"It was in mutual agreement that we extended Sebastian's contract to 2014", Marko is quoted by Autosport. "Both sides wanted to continue the partnership, so it was no big issue."