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GP Week : Issue 60
> F1NEWS> unlikely in 2009 RED Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has said that his team is unlikely to introduce KERS to its RB5 F1 car in 2009, after reports over the European Grand Prix weekend suggested that the team was considering using the technology this weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix. An online report had claimed that Red Bull was likely to use the technology at the next Grand Prix as it seeks to maximise every advantage over its main championship rival BrawnGP in the fight for 2009 title honours. Horner, however, has said that such a move is unlikely to happen, especially in light of Sebastian Vettel losing two of his eight allotted engines through failure in Valencia. “We might be using KERS and have no engines left so it might be the only thing we have,” he joked when asked by GPWeek if the team would be using KERS in Belgium. “No, the team continues to look at KERS on a race-by-race basis, and I would say it’s [use in Belgium is] unlikely.” As for the rest of the season, Horner was similarly non-committal. “We continue to look at it on a race by race basis but it’s highly unlikely to get onto the car.” Seb Vettel extends Red Bull contract SEBASTIAN Vettel has agreed an extension of his contract to compete for Red Bull Racing until the end of the 2011 season, with the team holding an option on his service for 2012. The team announced the agreement at the European Grand Prix in Valencia. Vettel, who became a Red Bull driver at the age of 12, is the youngest Grand Prix winner in history, and the extension of his deal will take his association with Red Bull through into potentially its 13th season. Vettel will be partnered at Red Bull Racing by Mark Webber in 2010, the team having announced an extension to the Australian’s contract a few weeks ago.