‘That is a definite “NO”‘: Sebastian Vettel’s dreams of Red Bull return crushed by team boss Christian Horner as German’s F1 future remains in doubt ahead of Ferrari exit
- Sebastian Vettel is set to be replaced by McLaren’s Carlos Sainz at Ferrari in 2021
- After a disappointing spell with the Italians, Vettel is scrambling for a new team
- The four-time world champion admitted he would take a Red Bull drive if offered
- However, Christian Horner has blocked any links to a reunion with Vettel
Sebastian Vettel’s future in Formula One is hanging by a thread after Red Bull boss Christian Horner shut down the four-time champion’s hopes of returning to the Austrian team.
The German, who will leave Ferrari at the end of the season, said ahead of the weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix that he would jump at the chance of a Red Bull drive if it was offered.
‘Unfortunately it’s not something we are going to be able to accommodate. That is a definite no, I’m afraid. Sebastian I think is aware of that,’ Horner told Sky F1 television at the Styrian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel’s dream of a return to Red Bull crushed by former boss Christian Horner
Horner, right, oversaw Vettel’s domination of the sport between 2010 and 2013 at Red Bull
The four-time champion admitted he would love to return to the team ahead of his Ferrari exit
Horner and Vettel linked up at Red Bull as the German stormed to four consecutive championships between 2010 and 2013, dominating the sport before the ill-fated move to Ferrari.
Frustration was the overriding emotion as mistakes, strategy flops and disappointing Maranello packages saw Vettel fail in his ambition to land the team their first title since 2007.
With the announcement that McLaren’s Carlos Sainz will partner 22-year-old Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc at Ferrari in 2021, Vettel has been left looking elsewhere.
Carlos Sainz will replace the German, with options for Vettel looking limited in Formula One
Sainz’s deal created a domino effect in the driver market, with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo agreeing to replace the Spaniard at McLaren next year before Fernando Alonso sealed a welcome return to F1 in place of the Australian.
Vettel’s options look very limited, particularly if he is set on driving a car capable of challenging for the title – with only an unlikely Mercedes drive capable of keeping him in the mix.
Red Bull currently boast a strong line-up, with 22-year-old Max Verstappen looking the most likely heir to Lewis Hamilton’s dominance in years to come, with Thai driver Alex Albon impressing in their second car.
Vettel finished down in 10th in a shockingly slow Ferrari at the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend, adding to the German’s woes.
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