Sebastian Vettel pledges commitment to Red Bull and warns 'this story isn't over yet'
New three-times champion says no need to contemplate move away
Last Updated: 27/11/12 4:55pm
In following up Red Bull's third consecutive Constructors' world title with a hat-trick of Drivers' crowns of his own in Sunday's Brazilian GP, Vettel and Red Bull became only the second driver/team combination after Michael Schumacher and Ferrari at the start of the century to win three or more title doubles together on the spin.
As is the nature of Formula 1, Vettel's latest achievement has already led to talk about what the next stage of his career might hold for the 25-year-old and whether within the next couple of years he might seek a new challenge at a rival team.
But after a campaign in which both he and the team have had to deny repeated speculation that the World Champion was heading to Ferrari as early as 2014, Vettel insists that while he wants to take the time to enjoy his 2012 achievement first, he is only thinking about a Red Bull future.
"The next challenge? First of all I want to enjoy now," Vettel said after clinching the title at Interlagos. "I've tried to explain the whole time the most important thing is to be in the present. I don't want to get carried away with next year.
"I'm very happy now and I want to have a good time with the guys, and then surely at some stage you try to recharge the batteries.
"'It's been a tough, long season and I want to come back in shape next year. But I'm with the team. I have a contract until the end of 2014 and I'm very happy with what we have achieved so far, and I don't think this story is over yet."
Ferrari's decision to renew Felipe Massa's contract by only a further 12 months did little to quell speculation that they were still eyeing a move Vettel in 2014, or the season after.
But the World Champion reiterated that he is completely settled at Red Bull.
'So I'm very happy and extremely committed to give everything I have in the next years when I'm with them," he added.
"At the moment I don't see any point thinking about another team or something else.
I'm extremely happy in the position I am in because it's incredible what we have achieved."