The new Formula One season gets underway in Melbourne this weekend with speculation already rife as to where Hamilton will begin the 2013 campaign with his contract at McLaren due to expire later this year.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber, 36, is likely to be considering retirement at the end of this season and Hamilton has been linked with the potential vacancy. Horner, however, revealed yesterday he would rather give a drive to a rookie than employ Hamilton.
“It’s difficult to envisage Lewis in our team. I think he’s comfortable in the environment he is in and we’re certainly comfortable with the two drivers we have,” he said.
“We also took a decision to invest in youth and we have two exciting youngsters entering GP racing who are talented drivers, and deserve that opportunity.”
Webber’s current team-mate Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, insists he is still hungry for success and primed to become only the third driver in history to win three successive Formula One World Championships.
“I am still hungry, and I still get upset when someone beats me – which is a good thing for sure.”