Vettel and Newey have contracts until 2017 thinks Lauda

World champion Sebastian Vettel has reportedly added another two years to his existing Red Bull contract.

Last year, whilst already tied to the Austrian squad for 2014, it was announced that the German had extended his deal to also include the 2015 season.

“Hopefully the relationship will go beyond 2015, which is already some way into the future,” team boss Christian Horner said at the time.

Now, despite the depth of Red Bull’s early-2014 technical crisis, it appears that 26-year-old Vettel may indeed have stretched his tenure with the Milton Keynes based team even further.

The news emerged as Austrians Helmut Marko, the Red Bull director, and Mercedes’ Niki Lauda light-heartedly discussed the future during Monday’s Sport and Talk programme on Servus TV.

Marko jokingly revealed that Team Chairman Lauda is keen to lure Vettel and Chief Designer Adrian Newey to Mercedes.

“Niki comes every day and asks if Newey and Sebastian will go,” he said.

Lauda replied: “But you always tell me that Newey and Sebastian have contracts until 2017.”

“Right,” confirmed Marko. “So why do you keep coming every day?”

Lauda beamed: “Breakfast!”

Whether the references to 2017 revealed some impending announcements, or were simply a joke between Austrian friends and rivals, is unclear. (GMM)

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  • Hugo Lafreniere

    That is newsworthy? What is this, Yahoo?

  • GP247

    Agreed. Not really newsworthy in the light of wars, famine, natural disasters etc. But then neither is F1.
    On another note it is an example how Red Bull (Marko) and Mercedes (Lauda) are cosying up to each other since the Renault V6 turbo debacle – we have many photos of them together in Bahrain. Lauda and Marko on this talk show on Servus TV which is owned by Red Bull…. Mercedes power anyone? How they would love Seb powered by Germany’s finest rather than a bunch of Frenchies…
    Sometimes Hugo look beyond the headlines and the obvious, then you get maybe a bigger picture.
    That’s what we try do here on GP247 by giving readers every bit of F1 info we can find (which sometimes is also news) and if you don’t like it then go to Autospurt press release portal :-)

  • KevinW

    Interesting points. If Renault fail to recover for their teams, one has to wonder if Red Bull consider moving on. It would be a big gain for Mercedes and a real head butt to Renault. Now that would be news!

  • Hugo Lafreniere

    I’m not comparing F1 to famines and such, I’m aware that F1 is not «important» in that regard. F1 might not make headlines news compared to, say, Ukraine, and that’s normal. But even on an F1-specific site, I’m just pointing out that going from a few tidbits of a convo between two team execs, and what Lauda thinks, to the headline above is hardly newsworthy. In the same vein, throat-slasher Sutil thinking that cars will improve by x seconds or some pay drivers judging this or that isn’t much better, but hey, they said that in an interview, fine. Don’t get me wrong, I read GP247 every day on my ipad while eating breakfast, you have awesome coverage of a LOT of stuff. But this news here struck me as not even news, and even less newsworthy. Just voicing my opinion, I’m not gonna lose sleep over this nor think less highly of the site for that. Cheers! :-)

  • karlich

    Damn! I actually wrote up the complete show since I watched it and thought there were many more interesting bits in it. Pressed Post and as always in such situations, Disqus had an error, writeup lost 😀

    I did have part of it copied in memory so for what it’s worth… here’s half of what the show went on about.

  • karlich

    Of course it’s newsworthy! But being Austrian and having watched the show on ServusTV, I wouldn’t say they’re cosying up to each other. However, a lot of other interesting points have been brought up in the interview.

    First a recorded message from Seb was shown where Seb jokingly said that Marko lost some weight due to all the troubles while Lauda gained some after leaning back some. Marko admitted to have lost some weight and pointed out that he’s rarely seen Seb in such a good mood like in the 2 days he’s been in Bahrain. Lauda didn’t gain weight.

    Lauda went on to explain how the new engines came about with Renault and others pushing for hybrid PU’s and initially having 4 cylinder engines in view. Ferrari strongly objected to 4 cylinder engines as they wouldn’t have any use for them in their road going cars and so 6 cylinders were chosen. He went on to say how he had early discussions with Bernie demanding more time for testing, wanting 5 more days but as things turned out with current testing, no one can guarantee cars will be finishing.

    Marko said they’re currently struggling with the well known turbo lag or more precisely the software for delivering drivable power boosts and that in turn results in all sorts of drive-ability issues. He went on to say the issue was that Renault tested the engine alone w/o gearbox and auxiliary PU components and once those got put together all sorts of problems emerged with vibrations and software issues.

    Lauda chimed in that, to be fair, Mercedes and Ferrari did have a considerable advantage in that their teams had engine and chassis development under one roof (or within 40km) and they also didn’t have language barriers to overcome between engineers. However, he also added that Mercedes’ success so far was no coincidence and that their engineers did a stellar job and have intelligently foreseen most issues by testing all PU components simultaneously. Even so, Lauda mentioned Mercedes have seen 3 engine failures towards the end of testing and predicted that in the worst case, we might see as little as half the field cross the finish line come Melbourne.

    Marko further elaborated that all Renault teams were given their engines in Jerez for the first time and haven’t been given data on exact cooling requirements or heat generation of the PU. Upon being asked what options they have now that the PU’s have been homolgated, he replied that they can still work on software and numerous reliability issues of the auxiliary PU parts and that they will be taking a close look at the consolidated test data for various track and simulations as Renault’s test bench doesn’t seem to correlate to the real world data.

    When Niki mentioned their combustion engine producing 580hp, Marko laughed at what point the host asked him “Did you just learn something new?” and Niki asked “You have less?”; Marko replied “I’d be happy if we had 580hp” and general laughter commenced. Lauda calmed Marko that even so, Mercedes aren’t getting the full potential of the additional 160hp and that drive-ability and power delivery are still issues for them.

    Lauda also greatly complained about the 7 fixed gear ratios dismissing them as a “crazy idea” by the FIA to save costs where in reality it just immeasurably complicates life for the teams. Marko agreed as they went on to elaborate on the fixed gears, torque delivery and superfluousness of the 7th gear to make up for fixed gear ratios.

    Regarding tyres for 2014, Lauda wanted to set the record straight by mentioning that 2013 tests were conducted in Spain at temperatures around 0C and Pirelli couldn’t extract any useful data from that. For 2014 all teams agreed to have testing in Bahrain with higher temperatures.

    When asked about the several personnel reshuffles and departures, Lauda said Brawn’s exit didn’t leave a hole and that Lowe and Wolff are an excellent team as he continued to praise their work.

    The 2017 remark came about from Marko’s friendly nudge at Lauda – though Niki’s initial gesture was quite dismissive before he found the funny side of it. Apparently the pair have a long lasting friendship based on mutual prodding and their breakfasts. They actually flew back in Lauda’s airplane where Marko happily agreed to have another breakfast with Niki so, according to Niki, he wouldn’t be so grumpy. The host mentioned that when asked, one would always say they are friends while the other would deny it. All was said in good humor. Actually, I think the whole interview was really funny, but hey, that’s just my subjective interpretation.

    Regarding their driver line up, Lauda was happy with their drivers saying that both are extremely fast and “Lewis very talented” while “Nico is very talented and technically apt” so they supplement each other perfectly during testing. Both drivers feel the same.

  • karlich

    The whole interview was really funny. One of the most interesting bits lost from my twice as long writeup was when Lauda actually praised the RB10 for still being quicker on fast paced corners and that once they sort out their power unit issues, they’ll be, and still are, contenders for the championship. Marko was less jubilant citing they’re 2 months behind.

    All in all, both were direct as usual and funny as far as Austrians go. Like Lauda said in the interview “I don’t have any friends and neither does he [Helmut Marko]. He is an egotist just like me.” It’s just part of their ongoing “good if sometimes tense relationship depending on the situation” as Lauda said.

  • GP247

    Cool Hugo – peace love and all those good things!

  • GP247

    Karlich we need to give you a correspondent role for GP247!!!!


    This is newsworthy. Have been wondering when their contracts ran out. An unhappy driver will always find another team. So very newsworthy.
    Not saying that there is no more Red Bull in Vettel’s veins, but if the team still lags the other teams in the development race by end of the year. Then Vettel would want to leave.
    Alonso will affect the driver market at the end of 2014 (with a possible move to McLaren) Hamilton will have to make a decision at the end of 2015.
    Which leaves Vettel’s with Left overs at the end of 2016 if he does not have get out early clause in his contract.
    Unless He is willing to be a teammate to a world champion, which we all know he does not want. He and daddy Marko was Ricciardo’s biggest ambassadors vs Kimi.
    However the market could be very unexpected for many reasons, but it makes true F1 lover think that far ahead when you read an article like this.
    Really not that bad of a read for out of season F1 news.


    GP247 is a really good site for information.
    The only thing that is a real a bother is the way certain drivers are portraid, but I am mature enough to understand that they write what sells and how they write right it sells more.
    So it doesn’t matter who your favourite drivers are. Appreciate the read/news.
    It is a heck of lot better than no F1 news at all.

  • karlich

    I’d be too biased for one team 😉