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Horner talks down Ferrari courtship

9 February 2013 17:47

Team principal Christian Horner says he never thought of moving to Ferrari after signing a new contract with Red Bull.

Rumours had been circulating that the 39-year-old - who has mastermined three successive F1 title triumphs for Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel - would move to the famed Italian team.

But that speculation was quashed at the end of last month when news broke Horner had agreed terms to extend his deal.

Speaking to the official F1 site this week, Horner insisted he never contemplated making the switch to Ferrari and had his heart set on lengthening his relationship with Red Bull.

"It was a natural extension for me - something that was logical. I came into F1 with Red Bull - (team owner) Dietrich Mateschitz gave me the opportunity, and that at a quite young age - so it was a pure formality to extend our relationship," he said.

"What we have achieved at Red Bull Racing is extremely special and my commitment has always been one hundred percent to the team. The meeting at Ferrari had absolutely nothing to do with me personally - it was all about the future of F1."

Discussing the outcome of those discussions, Horner was full of positivity, believing concerns over the financial viability of some teams will be resolved.

"The interest in F1 is as high as ever. We had a fantastic championship in 2012. With the teams having reached an agreement with the commercial rights holder for a long period it is important now to plan into the future.

"We see exciting things happening within F1, with new race venues coming up in future years, so sometimes it's good to sit down with a small group and discuss some of the bigger issues," Horner said.

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