Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has ruled out signing McLaren's Fernando Alonso. There have been whispers linking the Spaniard to the energy drink team, taking over Daniel Ricciardo's role, who is leaving to join Renault.
Ricciardo unexpectedly announced his departure from Red Bull last Friday, leading to speculation over who his replacement will be. However, Horner explained that the double-world champion's reputation would not serve him well at Red Bull.
"I'm not sure it would be the healthiest thing for Fernando to join the team. I think our preference would be to continue to invest in youth than take a driver who is obviously close to the end of his career.
Horner then admitted that the team was looking to promote from within, with Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly linked to the seat. Horner says that Red Bull is fortunate to have access to many drivers under contract, and thinks that it will not be short of suitors attempting to fill the seat.
"Well, we're fortunate that we've got several drivers under contract that are great talents, so I think we're gonna sit back and evaluate what the situation is and see what comes out. It's an incredibly attractive car to be driving, so I don't think we're gonna be short of requests and offers.
"I think we'll look at everything, but I think the preferred group will be very much to invest as has been so successful in-home talent. [Sebastian] Vettel, Verstappen, Ricciardo, [Carlos] Sainz, [Pierre] Gasly, They're all products that have delivered for us, they're all products of the Red Bull junior programme."