Formula 1

Sebastian Vettel not looking past 2015

Sebastian Vettel is contracted to Red Bull until 2015 (©GettyImages)
Sebastian Vettel is contracted to Red Bull until 2015 (©GettyImages).

Sebastian Vettel is not considering his future past 2015 after an additional year was added to his Red Bull contract last week.

The triple world champion, who has part of the Red Bull family since his karting days, is enjoying a period of success with Red Bull comparable to his hero Michael Schumacher's with a five-year winning streak Ferrari in the early 2000s - and team boss Christian Horner says the new contract extension proves Vettel's commitment to the team.

"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," he told the PA Sport news agency.

Vettel himself also said the F1 community should not be surprised, as some were, by his decision to add an additional year to his contract.

"There was no reason to change," he told Bild newspaper.

Some are intrigued as to why Vettel did not sign a longer-term deal, with some believing he could have signed up through 2016.

"Because even 2015 is a long way away, and 2016 even further," was Vettel's response. "Who knows what's going to be happening in three years, let alone five. Maybe I won't even be driving anymore, because the desire is gone."

That has lead some to ask to question if only retirement could end Vettel and Red Bull's partnership with only a stand-in race for BMW in 2007 the only non-Red Bull backed car Vettel has driven.

"I really don't know!" he insisted. "Maybe I will end up with another team, to find a new challenge. Almost anything is possible. But luckily I don't need to decide now."

 

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