Sebastian Vettel will take David Coulthard’s place at Red Bull in 2009. Anyone not see that coming?
Vettel is one of the stars of Red Bull’s young driver development programme. Dozens of aspiring young drivers have worn Red Bull colours at one stage or another in their careers. Only a handful made it into F1.
And only one – Vettel – remains with Red Bull. He has looked a likely candidate for the team for some time and tested for them earlier this year.
It’s not yet know who Toro Rosso will replace him with. We discussed several options here last week including Bruno Senna, Neel Jani, Romain Grosjean and others.
Vettel is already the youngest driver to score a point in Formula 1 – he finished eighth on his debut at Indianapolis with BMW last year.
He will partner Mark Webber. The two crossed paths in unfortunate fashion last year – Vettel took Webber out of the Japanese Grand Prix while the Australian was running second, Vettel third.
Webber’s furious reaction afterwards drew tears from Vettel. But he bounced back the following week to finish fourth in the Chinese Grand Prix – his best result to date.
Ironically, Vettel was taken out of the last Grand Prix by Coulthard on the first lap.
Read more about Sebastian Vettel: Sebastian Vettel biography
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