Red Bull

Infiniti Red Bull Racing

  • Standing 4th
  • Points 23

Red Bull Links

Red Bull have 'great options' for 2014 as Fernando Alonso rumours mount

Could the Ferrari driver be a contender to partner Sebastian Vettel?

By Pete Gill.   Last Updated: 23/08/13 5:24pm

  • Share:
Christian Horner: Red Bull have options

Christian Horner: Red Bull have options

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Christian Horner has described Red Bull as being "spoilt for choice" as they consider who should replace Mark Webber for the 2014 season.

Although Horner has previously declared that either Kimi Raikkonen or Daniel Ricciardo would succeed the Aussie, the Red Bull boss told reporters on Thursday that "there's more options than you could possibly think".

That beguiling remark was widely interpreted as being a hint - subtle or otherwise - that Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, or perhaps even McLaren's Jenson Button, is under consideration. Pressed to deny reports that a meeting with Alonso's manager at the Hungaroring last month ended with the revelation that the Spaniard could be available for 2014, Horner refused to comment.

"We're spoilt for choice at the moment, we've got some great options," Horner told Sky Sports F1. "We're going to take our time to make sure we make the right decision.

"Money isn't a factor, we haven't had detailed discussions about finances with any drivers yet. It's about getting the two drivers in the cars which are the right combination for us. We are in the fortunate position that many drivers want to be in a Red Bull."

Raikkonen also remains in the frame despite his agent, Steve Robertson, briefing reporters last week that "talks with Red Bull ended some time ago". In addition to Red Bull, the out-of-contract Finn continues to be linked with both Ferrari and McLaren, who are yet to exercise their option on Jenson Button for 2009.

"Has he signed for anyone else? It's up to him," said Horner. "Kimi's manager ruled him out I think. I've only seen what you've seen."

  • Share:

Related

F1 Transfer Gossip

Dennis: Alonso has 3-year deal

Fernando Alonso has signed a binding three-year contract with McLaren, team boss Ron Dennis has revealed.

Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie: Lewis will stay at Merc

Bernie Ecclestone expects Lewis Hamilton to sign a new Mercedes contract as the world champion is "happy where he is".

Contract used as Kimi motivator

Maurizio Arrivabene says he won’t rush renewing Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari contract to keep the Finn motivated.

Most Popular

Features

Testing talking points

Testing talking points

Just how far ahead are Mercedes and what sort of uphill tasks are ahead for Renault and Honda?

Team-by-team review

Team-by-team review

Analysing who looks on form, and who appears to be struggling, after the second test of pre-season.

Team-by-team review

Team-by-team review

Analysing and reviewing the first four days of 2015 winter testing for the eight teams in action at Jerez.