Horner 'reaffirms commitment' after Ecclestone comments

Red Bull issued a statement from Interlagos insisting its team boss "has a long term contract"

Nov.23 (GMM) Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has had to "reaffirm his commitment" to Red Bull after Bernie Ecclestone named him as his ideal successor.

F1 'supremo' Ecclestone, caught up in a corruption scandal that could end his long reign over the sport, said of his 40-year-old ally and friend: "I would be happy to hold his (Horner's) hand. We could have a transitional period."

(L to R): Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull Motorsport Consultant with Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal
(L to R): Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull Motorsport Consultant with Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal

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The comments were interpreted as a clear sign that Ecclestone, 83, is paving the road for Horner to succeed him, but Red Bull issued a statement from Interlagos insisting its team boss "has a long term contract".

And Horner was quoted as saying: "While Bernie's comments in the press are very flattering, I am fully focused on my role as team principal with Red Bull Racing.

"I 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," he added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Red Bull Racing
Article type Breaking news
Tags ecclestone, horner, red bull