Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Red Bull Ring, 2014

Vettel drives Berger’s 1988 Ferrari in Austria

F1 videoPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel got behind the wheel of a Ferrari F1 car at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, scene of the next round of the world championship.

Vettel swapped cars with former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger. He drove a Ferrari F1-87/88C Berger raced in 1988 and took to victory in that year’s Italian Grand Prix.

Berger, who last raced in F1 in 1997, also had the chance to drive Vettel’s world championship-winning car from 2012, the Red Bull-Renault 2012.

“That is so pure, so direct,” said Vettel after driving the 1988 Ferrari F1-87/88C with its 1.5-litre turbocharged engine.

“Because of the lack of downforce you don’t get the curve speeds, but never mind, it has enough power anyway. It’s a lot of fun. Awesome!”

Gallery: Sebastian Vettel drives Gerhard Berger’s 1988 Ferrari in Austria

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31 comments on “Vettel drives Berger’s 1988 Ferrari in Austria”

      1. I think Vettel will come in once Alonso leaves. Otherwise he knows that he would be in Kimi’s position right now, which is being the number two even though your contract says “Equal”, and constantly giving Alonso first choice.

        I’m not dogging Fernando, but we all know that he is Ferrari’s guy, regardless of the other driver. And Vettel will want no.1 status with any team he goes to (he should).

        Vettel-Hulk 2016? I’d root for them

    1. The ones they had the next two years were something else.
      But this 1988 Ferrari’s a good choice of car for Vettel to try – perfect for watching helplessly as two other cars disappear into the distance…

  1. I don’t see the three-digit number which usually appears on old Ferraris at promotional events, so I’m wondering whether Red Bull got access to the car by some other way? But Berger still managed to keep his Ferrari logos on his helmets even though matched with some Wings for Life sponsorship… I’d love to see rival teams co-operate for events like this!

  2. isn’t this some sort of a message from Vettel? driving a car that won the only race in a season dominated by a way too strong team back in 1988, is it not what Vettel wants to be this year, stealing a win from the Mercedes?

  3. @Tifoso1989 posted a link to an article about this ‘event’ a couple of days ago. It is great to get a video too – with subtitles!
    I was originally a bit scornful about the Red Bull Ring race as I am totally not on board. But this looks a beautiful circuit and how can you not get excited about an old legend and a racer of today getting together to drive their cars?!
    I think some of you guys are reading too much into the Vettel sitting in a Ferrari thing- I don’t see that they are offering what he wants at the moment (a race winning car).
    I remember fondly that race in 1988 and I didn’t realise the Scuderia had given Gerhard the car. Cool.

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