Christian Horner remains committed to Red Bull despite Bernie Ecclestone's advocation
Red Bull boss 'very flattered' but has no plans to quit Champions
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 22/11/13 9:02pm
Christian Horner and Bernie Ecclestone are good friends
Christian Horner has reiterated that he remains "fully focussed" on continuing to lead Red Bull after Bernie Ecclestone touted him as his "ideal" successor.
Ecclestone, F1's 83-year-old commercial supremo, caused a media stir on Friday by naming Horner, Red Bull's quadruple title-winning Team Principal, as the man he would eventually like to see take over the reins of the sport.
"Christian would be ideal," Ecclestone told various national newspapers. "I would be happy to hold his hand.
"We could have a transitional period. It needs someone who knows the sport. If someone comes in from the outside, a corporate type, I don't think I could work with them. They wouldn't last five minutes. I don't want anyone who is a corporate type."
Responding to the comments ahead of the season-ending Brazilian GP, Horner admitted he found Ecclestone's endorsement "flattering" - but made clear he had no plans to leave Red Bull anytime soon.
"While Bernie's comments in the press are very flattering, I am fully focused on my role as Team Principal with Infiniti Red Bull Racing," Horner said in a statement posted on the team's official website.
"I have a long term contract with the Team and have said many times that there is only one Bernie Ecclestone. What he has done for Formula One is incredible and in my opinion he is irreplaceable."
Horner adopted a similar stance when previously asked about the long-mooted prospect of replacing Ecclestone at Red Bull's title-winning press conference at their Milton Keynes factory earlier this month.