Sebastian Vettel confirmed as Red Bull driver for 2009 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ try to look surprised

Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Silverstone, 2008, 470150

Sebastian Vettel will take David Coulthard?σΤιΌΤδσs place at Red Bull in 2009. Anyone not see that coming?

Vettel is one of the stars of Red Bull?σΤιΌΤδσs 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 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 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 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 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 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Vettel took Webber out of the Japanese Grand Prix while the Australian was running second, Vettel third.

Webber?σΤιΌΤδσs furious reaction afterwards drew tears from Vettel. But he bounced back the following week to finish fourth in the Chinese Grand Prix ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 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

Follow the changes on the 2009 F1 driver market: 2009 F1 drivers and teams

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18 comments on Sebastian Vettel confirmed as Red Bull driver for 2009 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ try to look surprised

  1. Sush said on 18th July 2008, 15:47

    I agree with shoemakingisgreat (sorry)

    the kid put his STR2-B in 9th place at Melbourne, a car that doesn’t have seamless shift.

  2. Uppili said on 18th July 2008, 16:49

    Good for Vettel and maybe for Redbull too. I am not surprised he has moved up but i am surprised that Redbull announced it so early. Maybe they realized Vettel would be snapped by some other manufacturer team if they did not give this promotion to him. Now its time to see if Vettel or Webber is as good as they are perceived to be.

    This really should have been the way they should have handled Liuzzi’s career as well. Instead, they screwed him royally.

  3. William Wilgus said on 18th July 2008, 16:50

    Darn . . . who could have guessed!

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