Horner reportedly extends contract with Red Bull

Red Bull Racing celebrate their win and third place at the Indian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing sits next to Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing along with Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal, right, Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer, far left, Dr Helmut Marko (AUT) Red Bull Motorsport Consultant, far right. Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race, Sunday 28 October 2012.Dec.17 (GMM) Red Bull Racing has extended its contract with team principal Christian Horner, the energy drink company’s motor sport consultant Helmut Marko has confirmed.

The news follows speculation at the weekend that, in the wake of Norbert Haug’s shock departure at Mercedes, the German marque had targeted Briton Horner as a potential successor.

Bild newspaper claims that Horner’s name was definitely discussed during the Mercedes board meeting in Stuttgart last week.

But Austrian Marko insisted: “Horner has extended his contract with us last week, by several years.

“Mercedes is too late,” he added.

Bild said thatit is likely that Haug’s old role will be divided in two, with a German to run the DTM division and someone else taking over responsibility for F1 at Brackley.

The report said: “Schumacher is not available. He has no interest in the job.”

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