Helmut Marko has appeared to rule out any potential route back into Formula 1 at Red Bull for Sebastian Vettel, if he does return to Grand Prix racing.
Vettel retired at the end of 2022 after 299 race starts, 53 wins and four world titles and has been touted as a potential replacement for Marko in his advisory role for Red Bull as he was the first member of the young driver academy to have a successful F1 career.
The German quit as a result of a desire to spend more time with his family and because of the environmental concerns he had with a potential comeback not considered likely, especially with Max Verstappen firmly enconsed as Red Bull team leader and Vettel's heir.
Marko was not keen to see a driver pairing of the only two drivers to claim the World Championship for Red Bull.
"Next to Max Verstappen? I wouldn't want to do that," Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Marko told ServusTV.
"We also have contracts that are fixed for a while at Red Bull until 2024, but if Sebastian wants something, he has to go for it.
"Motorsport is more than combustion engines and petrol. If he knows how to find a way around that, why [could he] not [make a racing comeback?]
"We already have Daniel Ricciardo [at AlphaTauri] and if Sebastian does want to make a comeback, he wants to race with a top team and win."