With the German marque now having its own team Mercedes GP, competition director Norbert Haug was playing down speculation he recently moved to poach the reigning world champion before he re-committed to Red Bull for the next four years.
"He (Vettel) got the (Mercedes) offer in 2009," Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko said in a joint Sport Bild interview with Haug.
Haug confirmed: "Right. Since then, there was no more (offers)."
"They are able to offer him the very best equipment at the moment and we're not quite there," acknowledged Haug.