Tuesday 12 December 2017

Horner plays down link with Ecclestone job

Tom Cary in Sao Paulo

A weekend of goodbyes in Brazil began with one man claiming he was staying put.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, touted by Bernie Ecclestone as his possible successor as chief executive, said that he was flattered to be linked with the post, but claimed that he would be remaining at Milton Keynes "for the foreseeable future".

Ecclestone's comments provided a major talking point as groups of paddock goers huddled together on a wet day of practice at Interlagos.

Some saw them as an attempt to deflect attention away from the ongoing $140m damages lawsuit, where Ecclestone is a co-defendant.

One man who definitely will not be staying at Red Bull is Australian Mark Webber, who is quitting Formula One for sports cars after his 215th race tomorrow.

The 37-year-old ended a rain-soaked afternoon practice session third fastest after a KERS failure.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg topped both the day's sessions, the first from team-mate Lewis Hamilton, raising hopes that Red Bull might not have it all their own way here.

Quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel, who has won every race since the Hungarian Grand Prix back in July, will tie Alberto Ascari's 60 year-old record of nine consecutive wins if he triumphs tomorrow.

Brazilian Grand Prix, Live, tomorrow, BBC 1/Setanta Irl /Sky Sports F1, 4.0pm

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