Formula One, Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel locked in “long term” contract with Red Bull, McLaren’s Niki Lauda

2/18/13 in Formula One   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

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The transfer saga of Sebastian Vettel continues to spark more rumors. Niki Lauda, a triple World Champion and the chairman of Mercedes, has revealed he is fully aware of the twists and turns in Sebastian Vettel’s contract with Red Bull.

Before Sebastian Vettel won his third consecutive Championship title, rumors of a move into Mercedes spread through the Formula One world like a wild fire. Mercedes interest in the transfer saga added fuel to the fire.

Speculation suggested Sebastian Vettel would move into Mercedes in the offseason, but the way the German driver has thrown himself in pre-season training sessions with Red Bull suggests otherwise.

“I know Sebastian’s contract with Red Bull and it’s long term,” Niki Lauda said in an interview to Italian television Griglia di Partenza. “That’s why we didn’t try to take him under contract at Mercedes.”

Meanwhile, the Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz told La Gazzetta dello Sport daily that Sebastian Vettel was going nowhere this season. Dietrich Mateschitz told the Italian newspaper that Sebastian Vettel had committed himself to Red Bull until the end of 2014.

“Anything else was never in question,” Dietrich Mateschitz said.

This brings us to the question – where would Sebastian Vettel’s allegiance lie in 2015?

Rumors suggest Red Bull could move in for Fernando Alonso if Sebastian Vettel moves away to Ferrari or Mercedes. There have been some rumors of a swap between Ferrari and Red Bull in recent weeks.

“If he (Alonso) is still racing, then why not?” Dietrich Mateschitz added.

Dietrich Mateschitz, who is well known for keeping his distance from media, kept his traditions alive by evading big questions. Dietrich Mateschitz also steered away from the criticism high trusted-man Marko unleashed at Mark Webber. However, Dietrich Mateschitz did raise a glass to Red Bull’s “perfect drivers”.

“Webber is both a strong and charismatic character and an exceptional driver,” Dietrich Mateschitz said.

Dietrich Mateschitz also admitted that he knew there was a large crowd out there, who wanted to see Red Bull finally beaten in the 2013 season. Red Bull has been the most dominant force in the Formula One world in the past three seasons.

“It’s an understandable desire, but it’s also understandable that we are going to try to prevent it,” Dietrich Mateschitz said.

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