Sebastian Vettel extends Red Bull contract to 2014

2011 F1 season

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 2011

World champion Sebastian Vettel has confirmed he will stay at Red Bull until the end of 2014.

Vettel had been the subject of speculation over the winter around a future move to Ferrari.

The contract extension announced today means he will stay with Red Bull for four seasons.

Vettel joined the team in 2009.

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108 comments on Sebastian Vettel extends Red Bull contract to 2014

  1. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th March 2011, 12:07

    He still hasn’t had a shave, though. He should be contractually obligated to get rid of the facial fungus.

    • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 14th March 2011, 12:09

      Like McLaren’s drivers are…

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th March 2011, 12:15

        Button shaved because his girlfriend made him shave. It could be worse, though – Fernando Alonso shaved because his mother made him do it.

        As for Lewis Hamilton, he shaved, too. He then went back with a felt-tip pen and drew a line around his jaw. Probably so he could fit in when he makes a cameo in his girlfriend’s next music video.

        • Ben N said on 14th March 2011, 12:15

          :D

        • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 14th March 2011, 12:23

          I always understood that it was McLaren’s policy.

          There are no team members with facial hair, and I can’t remember any (apart from Nige’s tasche and Norbert Haug’s late 90’s tasche). DC only sprouted his stubble once he went to Red Bull. Didn’t Mateschitz tell DC “I’m not going to tell you to shave every day” when he joined RBR?

        • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 14th March 2011, 13:44

          Makes you wonder…what would actually happen if they defied McLaren? Get the boot? Doubt it!

          • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 14th March 2011, 14:24

            They’d probably get the hairdryer treatment from Uncle Ron…a fate worse than death I imagine.

        • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 14th March 2011, 17:03

          As for Lewis Hamilton, he shaved, too. He then went back with a felt-tip pen and drew a line around his jaw.

          :-) It certainly always looks that way.

          • Dane said on 14th March 2011, 21:39

            Jenson wasnt clean shaved when he won @ Melb & Malaysia last year. So im not sure if the Mclaren clean shaved policy exists

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2011, 21:45

            I think it’s one of the things they’ve relaxed since Whitmarsh took over the F1 operation.

        • Maksutov said on 15th March 2011, 3:12

          Button shaved because his girlfriend made him shave. It could be worse, though – Fernando Alonso shaved because his mother made him do it.

          As for Lewis Hamilton, he shaved, too. He then went back with a felt-tip pen and drew a line around his jaw. Probably so he could fit in when he makes a cameo in his girlfriend’s next music video.

          LOL

          • “I think it’s one of the things they’ve relaxed since Whitmarsh took over the F1 operation.”

            In other words – since he turned them into a pale shadow of their former-selves.

  2. Ben N said on 14th March 2011, 12:15

    A nice gesture – but in reality means little, as Ferrari, Fernando, Kimi, Jenson, Williams etc have shown in the past. In this big money world contracts can be bought out with great ease.

    • Cole (@cole) said on 14th March 2011, 18:40

      Another good thing about Red Bull is They extended Newey’s contract either.
      That could have been another decision maker, or even a sin equa non on their contracts (either way).

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th March 2011, 22:17

      In this big money world contracts can be bought out with great ease.

      Do you honestly think Red Bull will simply let Vettel go? So long as they keep building title-worthy cars, they’ll be short to keep him as close as tey can.

      • Kimster said on 15th March 2011, 18:11

        If they can’t build a winning car and he wants out of his contract , they won’t stop him.

  3. RIISE (@riise) said on 14th March 2011, 12:19

    Best decision, if he went to Ferrari to replace Massa it would destroy him.

    Let’s see if Red Bull can keep up the cars pace though.

  4. Well, what about Webber then?

    • Ben N said on 14th March 2011, 12:32

      What about Webber?

    • electrolite (@electrolite) said on 14th March 2011, 12:33

      Webber’s already said he’s taking one year at a time and seeing what happens. He’s 33, 34 now? That doesn’t mean however he’s got to quite now he’s in his thirties, I mean he’s a fit guy, he could be with us for another decade yet you never know.

      I suppose as a young champion Vettel’s in a different position where he absolutely needs a secure long term position with a top team.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th March 2011, 12:35

        Especially since there’s been a lot of talk about a move to Ferrari of late. Vettel has talked it down, but Red Bull were obviously eager to stitch him up for another few years.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th March 2011, 13:17

          But interestingly, Autosport had Marko quoted with saying this gets them “everyone key to the succes” tied to 2014!

          Only to be expected of him, but it clearly shows where Webber is with the team management.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th March 2011, 12:34

      What about him? Red Bull are under no obligation to offer him a contract just because they have signed Vettel up until 2015.

    • Toro Stevo said on 14th March 2011, 12:38

      His contract is only for this year. Murmurs are though he might want to try for 2012 as well, and Horner was receptive of the idea a few weeks ago as long as he was still quick.

      The new Vettel contract might be contingent on them not re-signing Webber though…

  5. raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 14th March 2011, 12:42

    As I understand it they also locked in Newey until 2014 no?

  6. Andy C said on 14th March 2011, 13:18

    Good move for both parties. And a good move to ensure either Ferrari cannot sign him, or they need to pay a lot of money to release him.

    I still think he will end up there at some point. :-)

    I imagine they will be competitive until at least (you never know with new engine regs) 2013.

    If hes able to add a little more racecraft to his game, he’ll be a very formidable opponent for the rest of the guys for the coming years.

    Hes certainly got the pace, just needs a little polishing around the edges.

    • Steve said on 14th March 2011, 13:40

      I think Ferrari would rather grab up the next big talent instead.

      • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 14th March 2011, 14:30

        Are we so hard on people that the youngest world champion in the history of the sport is no longer considered to be the next big thing (without having raced a single race with the number 1 on his car)! ;)

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 14th March 2011, 13:44

    The only way I see Vettel at Ferrari is if Alonso isn’t there.

  8. Robbie (@robbie) said on 14th March 2011, 15:00

    No surprise here…there was a ton of debate last year as to whether or not there was fairness and equal treatment at Red Bull…at more than one point Horner stated that there was fair treatment on the team, but that if MW won the WDC he could see him retiring on top after which the team would be centered around SV.

    Hard to argue that there wasn’t fair treatment on the team given that both Red Bull drivers had a WDC shot going into the last race of the season, but it is also hard to imagine that from here on in MW will truly get equal treatment to the reigning WDC who has just been even more engrained in the team to the tune of a multi-year contract extension. That said, if MW feels slighted we’ll sure hear about it from him.

    This move makes absolute sense, perhaps is the only move that makes sense for SV…any other move would have been trying to fix what isn’t broken…Red Bull is ‘his’ team right now and for the next little while…he’s a lucky young man and has all the tools in place for more WDC’s…up to him to not squander it…up to the likes of MW and FA and FM to do something about it…

  9. Icthyes said on 14th March 2011, 15:37

    Considering Horner came out and admitted Red Bull will be built around Vettel for years to come (when the season was still on-going, no less), it’s the least he can do. Probably means we won’t see him measured up against any of the other contemporary greats for a long while yet though.

  10. Dream team. With Newey designing and Vettel driving, Red Bull have everything they need to stay on top.

    • Hyoko said on 15th March 2011, 2:08

      Great team but less than perfect. Newey’s stuff is fastest but not the most reliable, and reliability almost cost RBR the WCC. Seb is under suspicion of being too hard on the stuff, as he broke it a lot more than Mark (but it maybe was just bad luck).

      Seb is undeniably quite fast but not a great overtaker, His strong suit is getting the pole and winning from there, not struggling for position Anyway he’s still very young and will surely improve.

      What we don’t need is a decade of overwhelming dominance by a driver/team

  11. box this lap (@sebashuis) said on 14th March 2011, 16:39

    I wonder who is going to be his teammate, Der Hulk vielleicht? strange enough it would really surprise me if someone from the current Torro Rosso line-up is really going to drive for Red Bull.

  12. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 14th March 2011, 17:16

    Did everyone see German TV’s Vettel Finger video? The foam fingers are pretty funny. I bet there will be a few of those in the crowd at Nurburgring this year: http://youtu.be/DxyfwioAgzg

  13. If i was Kubica i would be kicking myself right now.. If my leg worked ..

  14. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 14th March 2011, 18:58

    I must say, the Red Bull team, with a fast German driver in Sebastian, does have remnants of the 2000-05 Ferrari days with Michael.

    I’m not sure if we’ll see Vettel in a Ferrari, but if Mercedes can consistently become a race winning car, then I wouldn’t mind betting that he would like to drive for them, being a German team.

  15. Ralph Schumacher said on 14th March 2011, 19:09

    Vettel is in trouble this season. With the likes of Alo, WEB, MSC and HAM (LOL) challenging for poles, he might just find himself starting from P2 or worse still, row 2. You know what that means right??? Vettel has to overtake. You know what that means right??? Carnage. Haha

    • Tommy C (@tommy-c) said on 14th March 2011, 20:25

      It’ll be interesting to see RBR’s qualy strategy. Like you say, Vettel basically needs pole to be able to win, which means he’ll have to start on softs. Will his race then be compromised by say Massa from the fouth row on hard tyres? Regardless, i think vettel will struggle in the midfield for segments of races while pitstops take place.

    • Oukil said on 14th March 2011, 21:52

      [quote] Vettel is in trouble this season. With the likes of Alo, WEB, MSC and HAM (LOL) challenging for poles, he might just find himself starting from P2 [/quote]

      what trouble are you talking about ?

      wasnt he competing against these guys last season ?

      whats different this year lol

      • Ralph Schumacher said on 15th March 2011, 2:41

        the difference this year is that the Ferrari is competitive so that means MAS and ALO will be up there as well. Last year all he had to do was bash into WEB.

      • Burnout said on 15th March 2011, 9:22

        What’s different is also that the McLaren car this year seems to be more of an unknown quantity than the Ferrari, RBR or the Mercedes. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a chance the MP4-26 is so dominant it makes the F2002 look bad. But given the way both Jenson and Lewis have been complaining, I don’t see that happening.

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