Perhaps recognising that it has one of the strongest driver pairings on the grid – even if not particularly compatible at the moment! – it is believed that Red Bull Racing is seeking to extend the contracts of both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in a bid stave off the potential overtures of rival teams.

What is interesting is that Vettel’s current contract doesn’t run out until 2012, but despite there still being over two years to go until it lapses, the team is keen to extend its agreement further with the young German who started as a protégé in the drinks giant’s young driver development programme.

Although far from confirmed at this stage, it is believed that the Milton Keynes team is looking to retain his services until at least 2015, and it is rumoured that preliminary talks are already underway.

Perhaps in contrast to the revolving door that is Force India’s technical department, Red Bull’s looks to be going from strength to strength, with confirmation that its design guru Adrian Newey looks set to stay with the team for the long haul, after recently amending his contract to not stipulate any end-date.

Switching focus to the other driver, it appears that Red Bull – in spite of its appalling mismanagement in the wake of the crash between its two drivers at Turkey – is seeking to retain the services of Mark Webber as well, but on single-year contracts, which makes sense given the relative age difference between Webber and Vettel.

Rumours are pointing to Webber’s deal for the 2011 season being signed before the upcoming British Grand Prix.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.