Horner rules out switch to troubled Ferrari

(L to R): Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director and Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal. Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Thursday 15 March 2012.

Stefano Domenicali with Christian Horner

Mar.22 (GMM) World champion team boss Christian Horner has told British newspapers he is not switching to become manager of the beleaguered Ferrari team.

As Red Bull looks to have its fourth consecutive championship-contending car on its hands for 2012, F1’s most famous team, Ferrari, has kicked off its new title campaign in stark contrast, with a car not yet fit for the podium.

Designer Adrian Newey has already said no to a switch to the Maranello marque, and now Horner – Red Bull’s 38-year-old team principal – has scotched similar speculation about his own future.

“Ferrari is a great team but my future is committed to Red Bull,” he is quoted by the Sun. “You can see what the appeal is at Ferrari but you can also see the pitfalls.”

And the Briton is quoted by the Daily Mail: “Dietrich Mateschitz gave me the chance as a 31-year-old to step into F1 and entrusted me to build a team for him.

“I feel very much part of the team and I have no burning desire within me to go and work at Ferrari. I am happy where I am. I have a multi-year commitment,” Horner insisted.

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