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Vettel renews contract with Red Bull through 2015

Jun 11, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

Sebastian Vettel, AP

Sebastian Vettel’s assault on the Formula One record books with Red Bull Racing will continue through at least 2015, the team announced Tuesday.

Vettel, who has three wins in the opening seven rounds of the 2013 season as he seeks his fourth consecutive World Championship, has signed a two-year extension to remain at the Milton Keynes-based squad. Contract details were not disclosed.

All bar one of his victories have come with Red Bull since he was promoted to the team from Scuderia Toro Rosso ahead of the 2009 season. He was second in that year’s World Championship to Jenson Button and has maintained the No. 1 position since.

Thus far, he has won 29 Grands Prix with 51 podiums and 39 pole positions. Fernando Alonso leads all active drivers with 32 wins, good for fourth all-time. It is not inconceivable that Vettel could pass that number later this year to move behind just Michael Schumacher (91), Alain Prost (51) and Ayrton Senna (41) in the all-time wins category.

Surely, he seems primed to it with Red Bull, where he could climb as high as second behind Schumacher. The question now for 2014 is who his teammate will be, with Mark Webber more than likely out the door at year’s end.

  1. apexassassin - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    He had this option all along, signing was just a formality. Don’t think we’ll hear about Webber anytime soon though…

    • brookwell2013 - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Hey apexassassin, new F1 fan here, really appreciate your comments… think Webber is through with Red Bull after this season??

      • needmoretorque1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        I hope so. Webber has been underperforming for years. To some extent, I think Red Bull knew he wasn’t ready to quit and he was just good enough to stay at the team through retirement. It’s the same situation for Massa at Ferrari.

  2. wallio - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Webber is driving the new Porsche LMP1 next year.

    I can’t wait to hear from all the “experts” saying Vettel was going to Ferrari next year lol.

    • needmoretorque1 - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      First of all, where in the world did you get that information about Webber?
      Second, way to raise a straw-man and then knock it down.

  3. bikingscr016 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Wallio, anyone claiming Vettel was going to Ferrari and saying they’re an “expert” deserves a punch in the head

  4. manik56 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Vettel will go to Ferrari. It just will take a few more years. Vettel is making the obvious choice for now. Horner and Newey won’t be at Red Bull forever. When they leave, so does Seb.

    • therealzeitgeist - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      Past several years have really let Newey’s talents with a chassis shine – because aside from KERS the engine was unchanged and predictable with years of operating experience and debugging. And remember KERS first year out with Red Bull? It worked maybe half the time, they needed Vettel’s skills more than Newey’s chassis to win much as they did that season.

      With the big powerplant changes coming in 2014, the chassis is not going to be the arbiter of technical success the way it has been past several years. Especially when you consider Honda getting back in the F1 engine game, it will take several races in 2014 to even begin figuring out who has the good engines and who has junk. Of course that makes drivers of Vettel-caliber that much more important, Red Bull was smart to lock him up through this whole impending transition to inducted V6’s.

  5. wallio - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Webber to Porsche has been all over the net for weeks, they let the cat out of the bag at the Spa 6 hours hours. It was even on Porsche’s Twitter feed. Google it. Webber denies it, like that means anything.

    And many people claimed Vettel was going to Ferrari next year, James Allen for one. So glad it isn’t happening.

  6. ticleve2ticleve2 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    What type of salary do the top F1 drivers command?

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