Christian Horner: 'Replacing Bernie Ecclestone is impossible'

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone at Monza, Italy on September 8, 2013
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Christian Horner dismisses rumours that he could replace Bernie Ecclestone as Formula 1 ringmaster.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has denied rumours that he is being lined up as a successor to Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

The 83-year-old billionaire, who has been heavily involved in the sport for more than 50 years, is currently fighting two court cases related to the sale of Formula 1 to private investors and has been heavily linked with an exit from his current role.

However, speaking at a Q&A session at the team's Milton Keynes headquarters, Horner suggested that he had no interest in Ecclestone's role and wished to continue with Red Bull.

He said: "I have no interest in the role he performs. My focus is in running a team.

"To replace Bernie would be impossible – certainly with one person so I am very happy with what I do here."

Horner watched as Sebastian Vettel picked up his seventh consecutive win of the season at Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel lifts the trophy on the podium after winning the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on September 22, 2013
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