Red Bull Racing F1 team principal Christian Horner says 2013 was Sebastian Vettel’s best season since he won his fourth title.
Since leaving Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel has failed to achieve the same success, starting with BMW Sauber, then Toro Rosso, Red Bull and Ferrari before embarking on an amazing F1 career with his last team, Aston Martin F1. decided to finish.
It might be an understatement to say that the 2022 Sebastian Vettel won’t look like the former winner of the unbeatable, one-finger salute from 2010 to 2013.
But today’s top driver Max Verstappen’s Red Bull Racing has a lot of similarities to the Sebastian Vettel era. At that time, Red Bull also adhered to the philosophy of fully supporting the number 1 driver.
Needless to say, Red Bull Racing F1 team principal Christian Horner is well placed to look back on Sebastian Vettel’s illustrious career in a blue car.
Christian Horner looked back on his time with Sebastian Vettel following his F1 retirement announcement at the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix.
“Sebastian’s time with us has been incredible,” said Horner.
“He wrote to Red Bull in his junior years to see if they would support him locally. Then he left the local market, then the group and got support through the junior programme, Toro Rosso. And then I came to Red Bull Racing.”
“I think what stood out about Seb from the beginning was that he was a very focused young man and his work ethic was completely German. He had a great sense of humour, so he fit in with the British team and quickly embraced the culture.”
“He was endearing in every area of business. Whether it was handing out chocolates to his secretary or learning jargon in the garage, in a slightly different way than Yuki, his Cockney slang commands were: Became a legend
“And he was formidable in the cars we produced during that period. Again, those were happy days in F1. Big competitors, big teams we fought against and some achieved outstanding success in
“He was very focused at that stage not just on being successful, but on achieving records. Those things meant a lot to him. It meant a lot to the fans as well. He was huge in Japan. You could tell by just looking at him collecting all sorts of mementos and gifts in quantity, which he insisted on taking home.”
“Some of the objects were a little weird, but he kept everything. He kept everything perfectly. It was a pleasure for us to have him on our team. We are together. And I think I’ve seen him grow from a boy to a young man.I think he’s a very principled man.He has very strong convictions.”
“We’ve seen him stand up very late in his career for what he feels is passionate about. It’s only natural. His family is important to him. He’s very He’s a private person and I’m so happy to see him recently become an Instagrammer.”
“His F1 career is coming to an end, but I’m sure he has a lot to do in life and I’m sure he’s still going to do great things. But he I will miss him, but I think the timing is right for him.”
“I think it’s time for him to say ‘Now is the time for me to finish my F1 time’.”
Sebastian Vettel’s F1 career with Red Bull began after making his BMW Sauber debut at the 2007 F1 United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis. At that year’s F1 Hungarian Grand Prix Helmut Marko put Vettel in Toro Rosso and the rest, as they say, is well-told history.
After 25 races with Toro Rosso and winning the ‘junior’ team’s first Grand Prix at Monza in 2008, he was promoted to Red Bull Racing alongside Mark Webber. Vettel then drove the blue car for 139 races.
Over the course of his F1 career, Sebastian Vettel won 53 races. This is the third highest record in history behind Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher. However, since moving to Aston Martin F1 in 2021, he has not been able to add to his wins and fifth F1 world championship.
Christian Horner recalled Sebastian Vettel’s time at Red Bull Racing and shared the highlights of that era:
“He just got better and better. So in 2009 we were a young team like him and we made some mistakes. In 2010 he was the standout of the year. He was a driver, not very reliable, but he won the championship at the end of the year against the odds.”
“In 2011 he built on that. 2012 was a very tough year. Before we left Europe he had only won one race, but since then he has won four in a row and is ready for Brazil. I won the final race head-to-head with Fernando.”
“But in 2013 he completely dominated and won nine times in a row. It was his best year for me. He brought it all together and the year was really outstanding. rice field”