Method 1 | For Horner and Marko, Vettel would make a superb group supervisor in F1

This Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the final in Sebastian Vettel’s wealthy F1 profession. The German driver will depart an excellent mark within the paddock, after a profession punctuated by 4 world titles.

4 titles which had been additionally gained with Purple Bull, between 2010 and 2013. After this finish clap for Vettel, his former boss Christian Horner due to this fact needed to pay tribute to this “achieved skilled. »

And Horner to recollect the Purple Bull junior period… via his testimony, we additionally see how Sebastian Vettel was not solely a superb driver, but additionally an excellent character.

“He got here to us as a younger boy with braces and a humorous haircut. And he grew in that point as Purple Bull Junior. He had such an endearing character, he would present up with candies for the receptionist and the secretaries and he would get connected to everybody, he had the flexibility to mime and imitate so many various accents, like Nigel Mansell. His Jean Todt was legendary. So only a sensible, sensible character. »

“And a fair brighter driver. The whole lot that we’ve got achieved collectively, the 4 consecutive world championships, the best way he approached the ultimate race right here in Abu Dhabi, in 2010, and in Brazil, in 2012… these are phenomenal, phenomenal recollections. »

“Clearly the final two years have been harder for him, however that should not diminish all the things he has executed and achieved as one of many best drivers in Method 1 historical past.”

Horner tells an anecdote that claims quite a bit concerning the character of Sebastian Vettel… and his curiosity in nature!

“Past that, he is only a nice man. I’ve so many recollections with him exterior the circuits. He used to spend various time in Milton Keynes and when he got here he stayed at house. I dwell within the countryside, on a farm, and lambs had been being born in a shed – and he needed to get entangled and see, and I simply bear in mind the native farmer coming in with Sebastian to assist get a couple of out lambs. The farmer had no thought who he was, who this man, 4 occasions world champion, was in a sheepfold. »

“Or, I bear in mind, he took a few donkeys – we had a few little donkeys – and Seb walked across the village with one in every of our donkeys. Somebody nearly ran off the street considering “is that Sebastian Vettel with Shrek’s ass?” So, only a pretty, actually pretty man, and he’ll be missed by all of us in Method 1.”

Which season of Sebastian Vettel with Purple Bull was Horner’s greatest? 2011 and 2013 absolutely on the sporting stage?

“He stored bettering. I imply, in 2010, it was on the sting; in 2011, he was actually dominant; in 2012, he by no means gave up and returned to the race; he gained 4 essential races in 2012. He had gained a race earlier than we left Europe that yr. »

“After which in 2013 he was simply on a unique stage. These 9 straight wins had been insane, and the extent of depth he needed to get them was distinctive. »

Would Christian Horner now see Sebastian Vettel as a great group supervisor? Does he have the qualities for?

“Sure, he’s a really sociable particular person. He understands the worth of individuals and the contribution they make to success. And he has additionally changed into an adviser for pilots lately. So it actually will depend on him, what he desires to do later. »

“He is a type of guys who’s surprisingly good at no matter they select to do. So I am certain that if he chooses this path, he might be excellent. »

Additionally questioned, Dr. Helmut Marko would see himself changed by the German at Purple Bull!

“We will all see what character Seb has and what lack he’ll depart right here. Nevertheless it’s his voluntary resolution and I am certain no matter he does sooner or later will fulfill him. It isn’t excluded that he returns to a administration place. I am nearly 80, so it might be good if he might change me. I fulfilled my function due to my reference to Dietrich Mateschitz, a visionary who understood all the things. If I not just like the environment, the brand new administration of Purple Bull, it is not an issue for me, I can cease in a single day. However I do not see that taking place and the hearth nonetheless burns inside me. »

Marko additionally thinks it is not out of the query that Vettel will return as a driver.

“He once more gave an excellent demonstration of driving for his final race. We really feel that the pilot will miss him. Let him plant some bushes now, after which we’ll see what occurs. »

Vettel and his Ferrari years as seen by Mattia Binotto

After Purple Bull, Sebastian Vettel due to this fact chooses to hitch Ferrari, with extra various fortunes.

Mattia Binotto was the boss of the engine division at Maranello on the time, earlier than being its group supervisor. How did he decide his collaboration with Vettel?

“To begin with, Sebastian is a superb, nice driver and I do not assume that is me saying that, that is actually what he is achieved – it is implausible, distinctive, superb. And in a approach, at Ferrari, we had been fortunate to have him within the group and it was six necessary years. »

“He introduced quite a bit as a driver, however extra so he introduced quite a bit as an individual and each Ferrari fan at all times loves Sebastian. That is a truth. And simply as each fan nonetheless loves Ferrari, we at Ferrari, all Ferrari folks, nonetheless find it irresistible and that is how we really feel. These years have been superb. »

Does Mattia Binotto remorse at the moment not having prolonged Sebastian Vettel?

“It was troublesome for me, ultimately, to form of inform him that we can’t be renewing his contract. And that is maybe essentially the most troublesome job I’ve achieved in my profession. As a result of whenever you like such an individual and you actually like working with them, it’s at all times troublesome to return to the tip and make the choice to announce it. So I feel that was an necessary second for my profession, as a result of from there… via the difficulties, you change into stronger. However that is the toughest reminiscence. »

Will Sebastian Vettel’s transfer to Maranello have been a failure ultimately? Sure for the German, who mentioned he in the end failed to attain his aim of securing a title with the Scuderia. Is Mattia Binotto so extreme?

“I feel he is form of proper as a result of when he joined Ferrari he was bold, his aim was to win the title with Ferrari and with him it was our dream and our aim too. So it was a failure for him, but additionally for the entire group. However he was very shut. »

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