Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has explained how he feels Sebastian Vettel will remain with the Milton Keynes-based outfit, despite ongoing rumours that the German will eventually join Ferrari in the future. Sebastian Vettel stormed to his fourth successive Drivers’ Crown last weekend at India, in sensational style.
After securing his fourth successive Drivers’ Championship, Sebastian Vettel joined the legends of the sport such as Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. Although both of those drivers also managed to romp to four successive Drivers’ crowns in their legendary careers’, they each completed the task with more than one team. Juan Manuel Fangio won his Championships’ with both Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes and Ferrari, whereas Michael Schumacher dominated the sport with both Benetton and then Ferrari. Despite Sebastian Vettel’s own dominance in the sport in recent years, the 26-year-old has so far only done so with Red Bull.
The Heppenheim-born sensation began his Formula 1 career back in 2005 in a test with the then BMW-backed Williams F1 Team at Jerez. A year later he completed various Friday morning practice sessions with BMW Sauber, before then making his official race debut the following year with the same outfit at the American Grand Prix. He was then immediately snapped up by Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso, before storming to his memorable debut victory at the insanely wet Italian Grand Prix in 2008. Such was his fast and eye-catching ability to adapt to the world of Formula 1, he was quickly promoted to Red Bull alongside Mark Webber in 2009. From there the German began asserting his dominance over the sport, which has seen him take a further 35 race victories and four Drivers’ Championships.
Despite mixed feelings between the fans and members of the paddock alike, Sebastian Vettel has unquestionably joined the greats of the sport in recent years. However, many are now stating that to truly cement himself as a legend of the sport, he should depart from the Red Bull family to another team and begin asserting his authority there. Whether it be Ferrari, Mercedes or another Formula 1 team, Sebastian Vettel would undoubtedly pick up many more admirers should be take this path. However, Christian Horner firmly believes he will remain loyal to Red Bull, a team which has backed him from a very early age through the likes of World Series by Renault and other lower categories.
“I don’t.” Stated Christian Horner to Sky Sports, when asked of the chances of Vettel leaving the team for a new challenge. “I think every driver in the pit-lane would like to be in one of our cars at the moment. Sebastian [Vettel] enjoys driving for the team, he has grown up within the team, he is very much part of the team, why would he want to be anywhere else?
“I think he is focussed on winning and whether that colour is blue, red or silver, he has a tie to this team, he has had all of his success in cars designed in Milton Keynes, he has been a member of the Red Bull junior driver programme – Dietrich Mateschitz has backed him since he was 13 or 14 years of age – and of course there are no guarantees, but it is not about contracts or anything like that, it is about relationships and there is total trust in Sebastian from the team and there is total trust from Sebastian in the team.”
With a whole host of changes planned to enter the sport next season, Red Bull’s authority at the front could well be challenged as the various teams get to grips with their new cars. Either way, many will undoubtedly find it incredibly hard to remove Sebastian Vettel’s hands from the World Drivers’ Crown. Despite a new team-mate in the form of Daniel Ricciardo for next season, the German ace will certainly be aiming for an unforgettable fifth Drivers’ Crown next season.
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