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