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Vettel won't go to Ferrari - Horner

ESPN Staff
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Christian Horner: "I have no concern over Sebastian and where he will be in 2013, 2014 or beyond" © Sutton Images

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner insists his star driver Sebastian Vettel has not signed a pre-contract to move to Ferrari over the next two years.

Vettel's future has been the source of speculation at recent races, with rumours that he has already signed a contract to go to Ferrari in 2014. But Horner says his driver has reassured him that is not the case.

"I have spoken with Sebastian about it and he's made it quite clear that he hasn't had any dialogue and hasn't signed anything with Ferrari," Horner told Reuters. "The rumour mill always will continue."

Horner said it was not the first time speculation had linked a member of the Red Bull team to Ferrari, and hinted that Vettel is likely to stay put until 2014 at least.

"I think most of our team has been going to Ferrari at some point this year, whether it be Adrian [Newey], Mark [Webber], Sebastian, even myself at one stage was supposed to be going.

"Sebastian is very comfortable in the team, the team is very comfortable with Sebastian. He's been with Red Bull for over 12 years now and I think he will be us for quite a few years to come. I have no concern over Sebastian and where he will be in 2013, 2014 or beyond."

Horner is hoping Vettel's success at Red Bull will keep him at the team.

"I don't think Ferrari is a must for him," he added. "He's very happy where he is, achieving great results where he is and he's focused on trying to achieve a lot more."