Horner: Vettel agreement perfect timing

Horner: Vettel agreement perfect timing

16 June 2013 – Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes that Sebastian Vettel's newly-signed contract extension came at the 'perfect time' for both parties, with the reigning World Champion now tied to the outfit until at least the end of 2015.

Although Vettel had a previous agreement running through 2014, it was announced on Tuesday that the German would be remaining onboard for at least one more season, with Horner describing the deal as "a formality" following their recent success.

"It was more of a formality than anything else," commented Horner, who has overseen Vettel's run of three consecutive world titles. "We have a long-term agreement with Sebastian, and it was just perfect timing for both sides to extend for another year.

"The fact he has signed this extension shows his commitment to Red Bull, and hopefully the relationship will go beyond 2015, which is already some way into the future."

Horner went on to argue that Vettel, who dominated last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, is "still growing and developing" as a driver.

"He's been part of the Red Bull family, since starting out as a junior, for more than 12 years now, so he's grown up with Red Bull," Horner explained. "He's achieved all 29 victories in cars designed by [Chief Technical Officer] Adrian [Newey], and he is still growing and developing as a driver. He enjoys the environment he is working in, we enjoy having him and working with him. It's a relationship that works."

Vettel currently holds a 36-point lead over Fernando Alonso in the Drivers' standings.

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Thursday 25 May 2017

  2. 10:55

    Latest F1 photos: Thursday in Monaco

    F1
  3. 10:37

    Monaco Grand Prix: Full Practice 1 results

    F1
  4. Hamilton sets record pace in first practice 10:32

    Hamilton sets record pace in first practice

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton topped Thursday's first practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix with the fastest ever lap around…

    F1
  5. Haas' new Formula 1 livery breaks cover 09:15

    Haas' new Formula 1 livery breaks cover

    Haas' updated Formula 1 livery has made its public debut, after Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen took to the circuit during…

    F1
  6. 08:42

    Follow first practice for the Monaco GP!

    F1
  7. 07:34

    Photos: IndyCar's universal 2018 body kit

    Indy
  8. IndyCar reveals new 2018 concept images 07:32

    IndyCar reveals new 2018 concept images

    IndyCar organisers have released several fresh, rendered images of the car that will be used by all series competitors during…

    Indy
  9. Palmer admits 'it's up to me to deliver now' 07:02

    Palmer admits 'it's up to me to deliver now'

    Renault driver Jolyon Palmer says it is now up to him to deliver points, following a difficult start to his second season in…

    F1
  10. Video of the Day: Ferrari on Monaco GP 05:38

    Video of the Day: Ferrari on Monaco GP

    Ahead of this weekend's action in the Principality, get Ferrari's lowdown on the Monaco Grand Prix.

    F1
  11. Wednesday 24 May 2017

  12. 18:06

    Follow GPUpdate on Instagram in 2017!

    F1
  13. 18:04

    Latest F1 photos: Preparations in Monaco

    F1
  14. Vettel: Ferrari could have won all races 18:02

    Vettel: Ferrari could have won all races

    Sebastian Vettel reckons Ferrari had the potential to win all five races so far this season, but nonetheless feels that "we got…

    F1
  15. Drivers criticise new 'take-off ramp' kerb 17:43

    Drivers criticise new 'take-off ramp' kerb

    Several Formula 1 drivers have criticised the revised kerb laid on the inside of the Turn 16 apex (the exit of Piscine) at the…

    F1
  16. Button tipped to return 'like duck to water' 17:38

    Button tipped to return 'like duck to water'

    Lewis Hamilton reckons Jenson Button will return to Formula 1 action "like a duck to water" when he takes part in this weekend's…

    F1
  17. In photos: Button's return to the paddock 17:27

    In photos: Button's return to the paddock

    Jenson Button will return to Formula 1 action this weekend at McLaren-Honda in place of Indianapolis-bound Fernando Alonso.…

    F1
  18. Force India introduces triple T-wing design 17:04

    Force India introduces triple T-wing design

    Force India has introduced a triple T-wing design for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, as teams chase as much downforce as…

    F1
  19. Hamilton: 2017 cars 'like taming a bull' 17:00

    Hamilton: 2017 cars 'like taming a bull'

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton had described the challenge of racing 2017 Formula 1 cars as akin to "taming a bull", following…

    F1
  20. Button thought testing would be 'useless' 14:30

    Button thought testing would be 'useless'

    McLaren-Honda stand-in Jenson Button insists he is happy with his preparations for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, claiming…

    F1
  21. Pérez eyes occasional Red Bull challenge 12:22

    Pérez eyes occasional Red Bull challenge

    Force India driver Sergio Pérez is hopeful that the team can occasionally challenge Red Bull in Formula 1 this year, following…

    F1
  22. 11:49

    Gallery: Monaco charity football match

    F1
  23. Video: 'Mini' Monaco Grand Prix guide 11:02

    Video: 'Mini' Monaco Grand Prix guide

    Get a 'mini' Monaco Grand Prix guide with Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

    F1
  24. Several changes to Monte-Carlo track 10:31

    Several changes to Monte-Carlo track

    Several changes have been made to the Circuit de Monaco ahead of this year's race in the Principality, with track resurfacing…

    F1
  25. Force India to wear breast cancer ribbon 09:55

    Force India to wear breast cancer ribbon

    Force India has announced a multi-year partnership with Breast Cancer Care, which will see the famous pink ribbon displayed on…

    F1
  26. Video: Leclerc's favourite Monaco spots 07:12

    Video: Leclerc's favourite Monaco spots

    Ferrari-backed F2 title leader Charles Leclerc takes you to his favourite spots at home in Monaco.

    F2
  27. Feature: Leclerc on growing up in Monaco 07:02

    Feature: Leclerc on growing up in Monaco

    Ferrari junior and Formula 2 championship leader Charles Leclerc will race around his home streets, in Monte-Carlo, for the…

    F2
  28. Video of the Day: Monaco GP memories 05:32

    Video of the Day: Monaco GP memories

    Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and others from the Silver Arrows family share their Monaco memories.

    F1
  29. Tuesday 23 May 2017

  30. Silverstone to open McLaren eSport series 18:53

    Silverstone to open McLaren eSport series

    Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix, will act as the host venue for McLaren's eSports competition later this…

    F1
  31. Vlog: Monaco's charity football match 18:02

    Vlog: Monaco's charity football match

    GPUpdate.net's Mike Seymour previews Monaco's annual charity football match at Stade Louis II.

    F1
  32. Video: Sergio Pérez discusses Monaco GP 16:08

    Video: Sergio Pérez discusses Monaco GP

    Force India driver Sergio Pérez looks ahead to the Monaco Grand Prix, having finished on the podium in 2016.

    F1
  33. Sauber adds new floor to C36-Ferrari 14:46

    Sauber adds new floor to C36-Ferrari

    Sauber will introduce a new floor to its C36-Ferrari at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix as it continues its quest to…

    F1
  34. McLaren aims for first 2017 double finish 13:28

    McLaren aims for first 2017 double finish

    McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier says getting both MCL32s to the finish is the team's primary goal for Monaco, and reckons…

    F1
  35. Pirelli expecting one-stop Monaco GP 11:42

    Pirelli expecting one-stop Monaco GP

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli says it is expecting the bulk of drivers to adopt a one-stop approach in Monaco, but believes…

    F1
  36. In photos: Button at the Monaco Grand Prix 09:32

    In photos: Button at the Monaco Grand Prix

    Jenson Button will return to Formula 1 for a one-off appearance in Monaco this weekend, in place of Fernando Alonso, who is…

    F1
  37. Technical: Formula 1 development battle 08:46

    Technical: Formula 1 development battle

    F1 teams applied their first major update kits of the season at the recent Spanish Grand Prix. GPUpdate.net's technical analyst…

    F1
  38. Preview: Dancing in Monaco's streets 07:02

    Preview: Dancing in Monaco's streets

    Formula 1 moves on to Monaco, the jewel in the sport's crown, for a challenge and experience like no other. GPUpdate.net…

    F1
  39. Video of the Day: Mercedes on Monaco 05:36

    Video of the Day: Mercedes on Monaco

    Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas talk about the challenges of the Monaco Grand Prix.

    F1
  40. Monday 22 May 2017

  41. Motorsport world pays tribute to Hayden 17:37

    Motorsport world pays tribute to Hayden

    Riders and drivers from across motorsport have been paying tribute to Nicky Hayden, following news of his death after a cycling…

    MotoGP
  42. Hayden dies following cycling accident 17:10

    Hayden dies following cycling accident

    World Superbike rider and 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden has passed away aged 35, as a result of injuries sustained in…

    MotoGP
  43. Button eager for 'slightly surreal' comeback 16:02

    Button eager for 'slightly surreal' comeback

    McLaren-Honda's Jenson Button has described his Monaco Grand Prix comeback as "slightly surreal" as he prepares for his one-off…

    F1
  44. Zarco had 'Qatar flashback' while leading 14:50

    Zarco had 'Qatar flashback' while leading

    Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco says he was reminded of his race-ending Qatar crash while he was leading his home event in…

    MotoGP
more news