Red Bull wants Webber for 2011, Vettel through 2015

UPDATE #2 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel has played down rumors that Red Bull is pushing to secure his services for the long term. The 22-year-old is already under contract to the end of next season, amid reports (see below) the Austrian squad now wants him to re-commit through 2015.

Vettel and Webber likely teammates again in 2011
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His teammate Mark Webber, 33, has signed a contract extension keeping him at Red Bull Racing in 2011, and Vettel on Thursday denied that the move was some sort of reaction to their recent collision in Turkey.

"I've known this piece of information a little longer than the public," he said.

"In regards to the (Vettel) rumors, I can say that we have not spoken as of yet about this topic, as 2015 is quite some time into the future," added the German.

In light of their Istanbul Park crash and rumors they are now sharing a palpably tense relationship, it is an interesting side-note that on Sunday, Germany plays Australia in the FIFA World Cup.

"Germany will clearly win the match as Australia is the weakest team in our group, so winning should be imperative, even though Mark has a different opinion on that," smiled Vettel. "But as we know, the both of us have lately had some different opinions on things anyway."

06/07/10 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement – Red Bull Racing announced Monday that Mark Webber’s contract has been extended, meaning the Australian will continue to drive for the team in 2011. As Sebastian Vettel is already contracted to the team for next year, this announcement confirmed Red Bull Racing’s 2011 driver line-up.

06/04/10 (GMM) With their Turkish crash still loud in the news, attention is now turning to the new contracts on the table for Red Bull teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

It is believed the Austrian-owned team is imminently set to extend Australian Webber's deal for 2011, amid reports Red Bull wants to secure Vettel's services for a much longer period.

With the young German already under contract to the end of next year, rumors suggest Red Bull also wants to tie him down through 2015.

Team boss Christian Horner is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport: "Mark is happy with one-year contracts. At his age he doesn't want to commit himself for too long."

The magazine's latest edition also reveals that Webber recently confided in his former Williams bosses that he was prepared to retire at the end of 2010 if he had not secured a contract extension.

The likely one-year deal ties in with rumors that Red Bull is eyeing a future seat for Sebastien Buemi, the Swiss youngster who currently drives for the junior team Toro Rosso.

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