Vettel Announced As DC's Replacement For Next Year
In a move that has been very much expected since David Coulthard announced his retirement at the British Grand Prix, will see young Sebastian Vettel move up to join Mark Webber at Red Bull Racing for next season. DC had openly tipped the young German to take his seat next year and this is believed to be confirmed at this weekends German Grand Prix. Sebastian had this to say on Thursday (17th July).
"I am very proud to be joining Red Bull Racing and it's always good to have an early decision on what you are doing next year, as a driver your target is always to be with the most competitive team possible and, over the past couple of years, Red Bull Racing has proved it has great potential, so this is a good move for me. I have been part of the Red Bull family for a long time and with its Junior Team since 2000.
Throughout my career, they have offered me great support and now, to drive for their senior F1 team is a dream come true and I am looking forward to having a great season next year, even if I still have a lot to learn about F1. Apart from Red Bull, I must also say a big thank you to Scuderia Toro Rosso, where I feel very much at home. They have been my ‘family’ for over a year and I would like to thank Franz Tost and Gerhard Berger for the opportunity they gave me and thank the entire team for all their efforts.
Having got this announcement out of the way, I can concentrate on racing for Toro Rosso over the second half of the season. I will try and repay them by doing my very best to get some more good results, to add to those we have achieved so far"
Although it may seem to be the logical move for next year to get a good driver to partner Mark, it will be his test to see if he can cut it in a team that expects results and is obviously making strides up the grid. Vettel who has clearly out performed his French team mate this year at Toro Rosso; can expect stiffer competition from Mark (the donkey) Webber next year, but at least he won’t have DC around to knock him off the track, so he might get a little further than lap 1 in most races. In any case this makes a very strong partnership for Red Bull next year and with any luck hopefully it will be a successful one!