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Thursday, July 17, 2008

It’s official: Vettel to Red Bull for ’09

Red Bull officially announced today German Sebastian Vettel will partner Mark Webber next season.

In a move that surprised virtually no one, the 21-year-old Toro Rosso driver will replace the retiring David Coulthard.

“We are delighted that Sebastian will be joining us next year,” team boss Christian Horner said. “As he was already part of the Red Bull family, choosing Sebastian as Mark Webber’s team-mate was not a difficult decision. However, we have always stated that our aim is to have the strongest available driver line-up and Vettel’s selection also matches these criteria.”
Vettel debuted in 2007 for BMW Sauber at Indianapolis, subbing for the injured Robert Kubica, qualifying seventh and finishing eighth.

A month later he replaced Scott Speed at Toro Rosso. His best finish was fourth in China.

“Having only turned 21 at the last race and with only 17 Grand Prix starts to his name, he is still on a learning curve, but it is clear that he has plenty of ability and speed,” Horner said. “We are confident that Red Bull Racing will make the most of these attributes and believe that, in Mark and Sebastian, we have a very competitive driver line-up for 2009.”
While potential replacements for Coulthard included drivers like Fernando Alonso, it was widely expected Red Bull would look to within and their promising young star.

“I have been part of the Red Bull family for a long time, with its Junior Team since 2000,” Vettel said. “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.”
Rosberg rumors

Even though he is contracted with Williams through 2009, rumors continue to surround the future of Nico Rosberg.

The latest gossip sees Rosberg moving to McLaren next season to replace Heikki Kovalainen, who has “failed to impress.”

“I have a contract for 2009,” Crash.net reports he told Sport Bild. “It's like in football. Look at the situation of (Germany football player Lukas) Podolski. He has a contract for next season at FC Bayern - but will he be there?”
The German, who had been on McLaren’s short list last year, added he would not consider such a move unless Frank Williams released him from his contract.

Two Schus drop

Michael Schumacher insists he is happily retired, and has no plans to make a comeback.

The seven-time world champion made news earlier in the week by saying he had retired to save Felipe Massa’s place with Ferrari.

The inevitable result, Schumacher has had to move to dampen rumors he is planning a return to F1.

“I really love my new life,” Crash.net reports he old German magazine Stern. “It is the sort of freedom that I have always wanted. I am not having any sort of secret thoughts about a F1 comeback. It is nice to feel that I could still do it if I wanted to, but now I would rather do my work in the background.”
Meanwhile, brother Ralf has weighed in on the current driver situation at Ferrari, saying the Scuderia should name a number one.

Massa and Kimi Raikkonen are tied at the top of the drivers championship table with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton at the mid point of the season.

“Gradually now Ferrari has to commit itself to a number one,” Crash.net reports he told German newspaper Bild.
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Anonymous said...

Well put, on the Ralf comment. He wants a ride and can't even get any press.

SpeedRead said...

Ralf, expert #2, I says

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