Horner Signs Contract Extension with Red Bull

Horner Signs Contract Extension with Red Bull

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has signed a contract extension with the team, lasting until 2017.

Horner took up the role when Red Bull first competed in F1 in 2005, and has helped the team to grow from backmarkers into triple world champions.

Outspoken figure Helmut Marko had revealed to German publication Sport Bild that Horner would be staying with the team until 2017, but it has been confirmed today by Go Car that the deal is done.

It marks an important step for Red Bull amidst rumours that the team was beginning to break up following Ciaron Pilbeam’s move to Lotus. H0219LW1D7757orner was even rumoured to be in talks with rivals Ferrari to replace Stefano Domenicali.

The future of Sebastian Vettel is yet to be resolved, with the triple world champion’s contract set to expire at the end of the 2013 season. If he were to leave, Ferrari would be the most probable destination, but with Horner extending his contract it seems that Vettel has little reason to leave. Red Bull Racing is becoming increasingly stable, which will appeal to the German driver.

Red Bull will launch their 2013 car, the RB9, on February 3rd at their headquarters in Milton Keynes.

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic.

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