The Austrian businessman argued that Red Bull Racing's lineup this year is one of the most competitive in Formula One and has no intention of changing it in the near future. Vettel won his second F1 race last week at Shanghai, while followed by teammate Mark Webber. The duo brought RBR their first 1-2 since joining F1 in 2005.
“Besides Ferrari, we have with Vettel and Webber absolutely the strongest driver pairing in the field. At the moment Sebastian is not for sale,” insisted the 64-year old, as reported by German tabloid Bild.
Vettel scored his first win in Formula 1 last season – becoming the youngest driver to win a race in the history of the sport – while driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso, partially owned by Mateschitz at the time. Therefore, the German youngster remains the only driver to have scores race wins for the two teams currently backed by the Austrian energy drink company.
When replacing David Coulthard at Red Bull, Vettel was only signed for a single year by team boss Christian Horner. The Englishman insisted, however, that the contract with Vettel has further options to be enabled from 2010 onwards.
Shortly after Vettel clinched his second win of career, in China, Mercedes motorsport director Norbert Haug referred to the possibility of the German driver competing for McLaren as “perhaps some day he will drive a silver arrows”, as reported by the same Bild newspaper.