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Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo feels that Sebastian Vettel needed a new challenge and that was the driving force behind his decision to quit the team for a new challenge at the end of the season.
The Austria based team recently announced that the German driver, who was the driving force behind their four consecutive Formula One Constructors’ Championships, will be leaving the team at the end of the season with Daniil Kyvat being promoted to take his place from development side Toro Rosso.
Although the team did not reveal where the 26 year old would go, team principal Christian Horner later revealed that he already has a deal in place with Ferrari and would link up with the team at the end of the season.
And the Australian rookie, who was promoted to Red Bull Racing this season to replace the veteran Mark Webber, said that the first time the news was broken to him, he hardly felt any surprise. He added that he had expected him to leave and so he wasn’t that shocked when Vettel made the announcement.
Ricciardo said that the way he sees it, Vettel gave Red Bull Racing his all, winning four Formula One Drivers’ Championship as he led the team to the Constructors’ Championship as well and he has got an opportunity to test himself elsewhere and he took that opportunity.
The Aussie said that Vettel perhaps wanted a stern challenge before he got too old for the sport and maybe he felt the time was right to leave.
Ricciardo has been the dominant driver for the team this season but he knows Vettel would love to leave the team on a high note and believes he will be pushing him to the limit in the last three races of the season.
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The Formula One race director Charlie Whiting investigated into the matter of the conditions under which the race was held at Suzuka. The Japanese Grand Prix proved to be a fatal one for the rising star Jules Bianchi. His team Marussia was left shattered as he met with an accident in the circuit when he lost control of his car and crashed into a recovery vehicle. The team members were shocked to see his condition. He was immediately sent to the hospital and a surgery has been done but he remains under critical care. The condition of the driver sparked several controversies regarding the safety of the drivers on the track. But the race director said that it was not a wrong decision to go ahead with the race. However he has come up with a solution that might be put into effect from now on after proper scrutiny. He believes that the drivers should slow down normally on their own accord if they see such unforeseen events or crashes occurring in front of them. He believes that planned speed control might help avoid such situations in the future.
The Marussia team on the other hand announced that they will be competing in the Russian Grand Prix but with one car only in order to pay respect to their struggling driver. They had previously roped in Alexander Rossi to make his debut alongside Max Chilton. The twenty three year old has been driving in the FP1 format and was looking forward to the opportunity. But this comes under terrible circumstances and the team has taken the best decision they could in this regard. The spirit of the team will be put to test in the Russian Grand Prix. The Sochi track is set to bring in new form of challenges this time.
Over the past few months, there has been a lot of speculation over the future of reigning four time Formula One Drivers’ World Champion Sebastian Vettel and his future with the Red Bull Racing team, but the German has rubbished those claims and has pledged his future with the Austrian outfit, at least for the next year.
The German hasn’t been having the best of seasons so far. Having dominated the sport completely for the last four seasons, the youngest ever world champion is struggling to finish in the podium places and has not managed a single podium finish this year. His new teammate Daniel Ricciardo, on the other hand, has been a breath of fresh year this season and has managed three wins already and many people expect the pressure to mount on the German even more if he doesn’t finish the season strongly. Continue reading →
Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has shrugged off claims that reigning four time Drivers’ Champion Sebastian Vettel could take his seat at the German team in 2016.
Hamilton’s current del with Mercedes F1 runs out at the end of the 2015 Formula One season and speculation is rife in the German media that the team is exploring the possibility of signing Vettel and partner him with Nico Rosberg in what could be a German national team for the first time in Formula One.
And although Christian Horner, the team principal of Red Bull Racing was adamant that Vettel would be driving for the team in 2015 as well, he did not make any comments about the future of the German in the team beyond his current contract which expires in 2016.
Horner stated that he is certain Sebastian Vettel will be turning out for Red Bull Racing next season; adding that he is not surprised that there is speculation about his future and it is not just Mercedes, many other teams should also be interested in his services, but the driver is happy at Red Bull and the team is happy with the driver and that is all that matters for now.
Having dominated the sport for four successive years, the Renault powered Red Bull has been significantly weakened in the new turbo era of the sport and with the departure of technical genius Adrian Newey at the end of the season, Vettel could have a lot to think about before committing.
Moreover, with the futures of Jenson Button with McLaren F1 and Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso with Ferrari all up in smoke, Sebastian Vettel will not be short of offers if he does decide to leave the Austrian manufacturers after so many years with the team with so much success.
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