Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Vettel bids final farewell to Red Bull

(Jean Michel Le Meur DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Four time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel visited his former Infiniti Red Bull Racing team at their Milton Keynes HQ for the final time on Tuesday. The German, who officially began work with Scuderia Ferrari on Saturday when he drove a Ferrari F2012 at the teams Fiorano test track was at Red Bull to say goodbye to the factory staff.

Vettel joined the Red Bull young driver programme in 1998 and made his Formula One debut with Red Bull backing for BMW Sauber at the 2007 United States Grand Prix as he filled in for the injured Robert Kubica.

In his first ever Formula One race he finished in eighth place picking up one point having started the race from seventh place on the grid.

In 2008, Vettel made the step up to Scuderia Toro Rosso and took his first ever Formula One pole position and race win at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. In 2009, he move across to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing replacing David Coulthard. 

The German took the first of his four world titles in 2010, and dominated Formula One from then until 2013. 

On his final visit to Red Bull, Vettel was presented with 'A BULL' (not a real one of course) as a celebration and a way of thanking the German for helping them secure four consecutive Constructors champions from 2010 - 2013.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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