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Jul 30

Red Bull Wants Best Driver Line Up, Says Horner

RedBull's team principal Christian Horner sits in the pits during the third practice session at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest on July 27, 2013 ahead of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.    AFP PHOTO / FERENC ISZA        (Photo credit should read FERENC ISZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Team boss Christian Horner says that Red Bull has to put together the best possible package when it finally decides on a replacement for Mark Webber.

While he admires Daniel Ricciardo, Horner is clearly keen to have an established top name, while others in the camp are supportive of the Toro Rosso driver.

Horner says that the team is not under pressure to promote a Red Bull protégé, despite Toro Rosso’s obvious role as a training ground.

“I think Daniel considering the equipment at his disposal has done a very good job,” said Horner. “Which is why we were keen to have a look at him at Silverstone, and he acquitted himself very well there – he couldn’t have done any more to be honest.

“I think the situation that we’re in is that we want to run the strongest team. We’re a team that’s won the World Championship the last three years, and we want to make sure that we are in a position to compete and fight for the World Championship in future years.

“There has never been any pressure that we must take a junior driver. It’s a matter of fielding the best team at the end of the day. Of course the junior drivers are under consideration, but there’s not a prerequisite that it has to be a junior driver for next year.

“You always want to put the strongest drivers in the cars that you possibly can. Mark leaves some big shoes to be filled.”

Jul 29

Michelin Interested In 2014 Series Return

during previews for the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 21, 2013 in Le Mans, France.

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Michelin’s interest in returning to F1 is genuine, sources close to the FIA have confirmed.

While it’s long been assumed that Pirelli will remain as sole supplier in 2014, and has made commercial arrangements with both teams and Bernie Ecclestone, the bottom line is that it has not yet signed a deal with the FIA.

Nor has the FIA issue an official tender for the supply contract, which it would normally be expected to do.

It’s believed that Michelin’s formal interest would trigger a tender, and that the FIA will go through the motions of asking all possible suppliers if they are interested before considering the offers from those who are.

Jul 28

Alonso Emerges As Surprise Red Bull Candidate

Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso  sits in the pits during the third practice session at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest on July 27, 2013 ahead of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.    AFP PHOTO / FERENC ISZA        (Photo credit should read FERENC ISZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Talks between Fernando Alonso’s manager and Christian Horner have set up the intriguing possibility of the Spanish star emerging as a candidate for a Red Bull seat.

While he obviously has a Ferrari contract it’s no secret that Alonso has been frustrated by the team’s failure to win the championship since he joined in 2010 – and especially the poor one-lap form the red cars have shown over the past three and half years.

The big question is whether he has a way of getting out of that contract due to a performance clause of some sort.

There is also the very obvious question of how Red Bull could work with both Vettel and Alonso on board, although on the other hand the marketing advantages would be huge – and at the same time the Ferrari package would be weakened.