Marko rejects Vettel-Alonso swap reports

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has dismissed speculation that Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are set to swap seats while Vettel himself also insisted he is “happy where he is”.

Vettel’s contract with Red Bull runs until the end of the 2015 season, but he has been strongly linked with a move to McLaren in recent months while Alonso, who is also on McLaren’s wanted list, has a deal with Ferrari until the end of 2016.

The silly season took another interesting twist on Tuesday though when it was reported that Vettel and Alonso would swap seats next year with the four-time World Champion moving to Ferrari and Alonso joining Red Bull.

However, Marko put the flames out pretty quickly, telling Germany’s Sport Bild: “Alonso will not be at Red Bull.”

Vettel also insisted he is going nowhere.

“There is nothing new. I have a contract with Red Bull and I’m happy where I am,” the German said.

Marko, meanwhile, also addressed the issue of team orders at the Milton Keynes squad after Daniel Ricciardo suggested the team should throw all their eggs in one basket with only six races remaining.

“My lead is around 60 points over Seb,” Ricciardo said. “I would love to be quicker on merit and not need team orders, but the next couple of tracks are perfect for us so if we need to make any decisions if we can challenge Mercedes for the title then I am sure they will be made.”

Marko, though, says they won’t interfere.

“We have no team orders. If Sebastian can win, then he is allowed to whether Daniel is behind him or not. That is our philosophy.”

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