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Horner claims he is happy remaining team boss at Red Bull (©GettyImages)
Horner claims he is happy remaining team boss at Red Bull (©GettyImages).

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has again denied he could be lined up to replace besieged F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

The 83-year-old is currently fighting legal cases in several countries and is currently on trial in London in a case that could have ramifications for another set of charges laid out by German prosecutors.

On Wednesday Ecclestone produced a moment of amusement as he arrived at the High Court describing awaiting reporters as “lazy bastards” before entering the revolving doors and coming out on the same side, he then tried to enter through a conventional glass door which would not open.

He shrugged at reporters when asked if he was confident he would prevail in the multi-million dollar lawsuit brought against him by a German media group.

During his testimony the Briton seemed unconcerned the outcome of these cases could see his reign as F1 supremo come to an end.

“I don’t mind,” Ecclestone told Constantin Medien’s lawyer, “I’ve got plenty of things to do.”

Should Ecclestone be forced out of his post, even be jailed, one name that is continually brought up as a possible replacement is Red Bull’s team boss Christian Horner.

British newspapers quoted Horner as saying on Wednesday: “Looking at the health that Bernie’s in, he’s going to outlive all of us!

“I have no interest in the role that he performs. My focus is in running a team and I think actually to replace Bernie would be impossible, certainly with one person.

“I’m very happy with what I do here,” Horner insisted. “I’m focused and committed to this team.”

What may change Horner’s opinion however, is the apparent breaking up of Red Bull’s design team, with Peter Prodromou and his deputy moving to McLaren and Adrian Newey considering a future in the America’s Cup yachting event.

Also Sebastian Vettel’s long term future may also be uncertain as many feel the German has to move away and be successful to ensure he is accepted as one of the F1 greats.

Alain Prost said: “If he (Vettel) wants to he should move, but not to please someone else — only if he wants to do it for himself.”

Vettel, however, said he is committed to Red Bull.

“Even if I go to another team, I will still have people who doubt or don’t like who I am and what I do,” said the 26-year-old.

“At the end of the day you have to be happy with yourself and right now I can assure you I’m very happy with who I am and what I do.”

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