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Sebastian Vettel has been tipped to stay at Red Bull after team principal Christian Horner dismissed reports that the German driver had signed a contract to move to Ferrari in 2014.
Speculation indicated that the defending champion could partner Fernando Alonso at the Italian team although the 25-year-old is “comfortable” with Red Bull and could remain with the champions “for quite a few years to come”.
"I have spoken with Sebastian about it and he's made it quite clear that he hasn't had any dialogue and hasn't signed anything with Ferrari. The rumour mill always will continue," Horner was quoted saying by Reuters.
"I think most of our team has been going to Ferrari at some point this year, whether it be Adrian (Newey), Mark, Sebastian, even myself at one stage was supposed to be going," he added referring to recent rumours.
"I don't think Ferrari is a must for Vettel," insisted Horner.
Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber, who will be out of a contract at the end of the season, too has been linked with a move to Maranello.
But Red Bull was keen to re-sign him as well.
"They drive the car in a similar manner and it's important for us to have two drivers who do push each other to get the best out of each other,” Horner said. “So I'm sure over the next few weeks we'll sit down and talk about the future with Mark."