Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Vettel became disillusioned with Formula One and considered quitting the sport

(Infiniti Red Bull Racing)

Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner has revealed that four time world champion Sebastian Vettel came close to walking away from Formula One last season.

Speaking to The Guardian, Horner stated that Vettel became disillusioned with sport following the introduction of the new regulations which included the 1.6 litre V6 Turbo charged power units. 

Vettel struggled an extremely challenging 2014 Formula One season and finished the year in fourth place in the championship while former team mate Daniel Ricciardo finished the season in third place.

Horner revealed that he believed that Vettel became unhappy with the direction Formula One was heading in after dominating the sport from 2010 – 2013.

The Red Bull boss also revealed that Vettel went back to his roots during the season in 2014 by driving a go-kart and Horner believes that this experience helped the German to rediscover his passion for motor racing and the fact that his is a Formula One driver.

Vettel failed to win a Grand Prix last season while Daniel Ricciardo took three victories. Vettel joins Scuderia Ferrari alongside Kimi Raikkonen this year and Christian Horner, who learnt about the move prior to the Japanese Grand Prix revealed that he harbours no ill feelings towards Vettel and is looking forward to the battles that Infiniti Red Bull Racing will have with Ferrari on track in 2015.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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