Sebastian Vettel Reunites with Red Bull at the Wheel of Title Winner RB7
Sebastian Vettel driving the RB7 on his way to taking pole position for the Brazilian F1 GP. Sao Paulo, November 26, 2011. Photo Courtesy: Clive Mason/Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool.

Retired four-time Formula 1 world champion, Sebastian Vettel, will drive Red Bull machinery for the first time in nearly ten years at Nordschleife early in September, the driver confirmed on Wednesday.

For the first time since 2014, Sebastian Vettel will step into the cockpit of a Red Bull car, reuniting with his championship winner, the RB7, a sharp racing machinery designed by Adrian Newey and powered by Renault.

The successful duo took Formula 1 by storm in 2011, claiming Vettel’s second consecutive drivers’ world championship in Japan and Red Bull’s double constructors’ championship in South Korea.

On September 9th, they will meet again at the event Red Bull Formula Nurburgring for a show run in which the RB7 will run on e-fuel.

The venue will be staged the same weekend as the Nurburgring 12 Hours endurance race.

Talking about the upcoming venue, he revealed: “The myth of the Nordschleife resonated, even if we only drove the GP track at the time.

In any case, it will be great fun to drive my RB7 - fuelled with e-fuel - on the Nordschleife as part of a show run.

Motorsport is my passion,” the 35-year-old remarked, adding: “It is important to me to show that racing cars can run just as well and quickly with synthetic CO2-neutral fuel. And that is already today!

Vettel will also reunite with former Red Bull teammate and 2023 reserve driver for the outfit, Daniel Ricciardo, who will drive a lap with the RB8.

When Man and Machine Become One

Behind the wheel of the Kinky Kylie, as he named his car, the German driver dominated the 2011 FIA Formula One world championship, winning 11 of a 19-race season.

And alongside ex-teammate, Mark Webber, the pair would amount 12 grand prix victories, 18 pole positions, 27 podiums, and 650 points, awarding the RB7 the status of one of the most successful cars ever built.

2011 was a season of changes and adjustments for all teams on the grid, following the introduction of the Drag Reduction System (DRS), seeking to improve overtaking in the series.

In addition, the pinnacle of motorsport made the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) - designed to pick up energy from the car braking phase - mandatory, which posed an additional challenge to implement a system not used since 2009.

Furthermore, Italian manufacturer Pirelli became Formula One single tire supplier, replacing the Bridgestones used until the end of 2010.

In the Spotlight

Vettel won four consecutive world championships with Red Bull Racing, leaving the squad by the end of a disappointing 2014 season to continue his career in F1 with Scuderia Ferrari from 2015 to 2020.

A smooth start to the Maranello journey would soon go through turbulent times as the goal of earning a title slipped away.

During his first season with the Prancing Horse, Vettel won three victories, stepping into the podium on 13 occasions, though falling shot in the battle for the title against main rival MercedesLewis Hamilton.

In 2017, he would have another, more comprehensive shot for the championship against the Briton, albeit a series of bad results plus Ferrari reliability issues shattered his chances once and again.

The partnership did not work for either of them, parting ways by the end of 2020.

In 2021, Vettel joined Aston Martin powered by Mercedes; the brand made his return to Formula One after a 61-year absence at the hands of businessman Lawrence Stroll.

At the wheel of the AMR21, Vettel conquered the first podium for the British outfit by finishing second in Baku.

However, by the end of 2022, after spending two seasons with the team, he decided to wrap up a 16-year successful career in Formula One to spend more time with his family.

Early in 2023, his passion for the sport saw him teaming up with compatriot Mick Schumacher to contest the ROC Nations Cup, representing Team Germany at the event, held on the snow and ice of Sweden’s Pite Havsbad.

Together they reached the semifinals, but the All Stars’ Thierry Neuville and Felipe Drugovich Team qualified for the final.

Next September, Vettel returns for a taste of speed at the Nurburgring, an opportunity to see such a fantastic champion in action again.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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