If you've been tuned in to any Formula 1™ related news for the past week, you've been flooded with headlines regarding Sebastian Vettel's decision to leave Infiniti Red Bull Racing for Scuderia Ferrari at the end of this season. The defending Formula 1™ World Champion will be replaced by current Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat.
Vettel and Red Bull haven't shared a fantastic season together and the struggle is largely due to Formula One's new technical regulations that went live at the beginning of the 2014 season. Vettel hasn't captured a victory all season and even with double points being awarded in Abu Dhabi, it appears to be a long shot that the German could even win the 2014 Championship.
Before the decision shocked news sources earlier this week, there had been rumors of Vettel talking to well-known Formula 1™ teams such as McLaren and Ferrari, but it didn't appear that many folks in the Formula 1 community were taking these considerations seriously.
F1™ fans share mixed feelings regarding Vettel's decision to leave the powerhouse Red Bull team. For some, it makes sense as the four-time champion is currently fourth in the standings and 127 points behind the leaders. Others believe he shouldn't making the decision off of one average season when he's won the past four championships with Red Bull Racing.
Regardless, the decision has been made and Vettel has found his new home in Ferrari, and will be replacing current driver Fernando Alonso. The German driver believes Ferrari will offer him a new challenge and he's up for it. In recent interviews, you can see Vettel has put a lot of thought into the decision; it's been an emotional decision to make.
Looking Back on Sebastian Vettel's Career with Infiniti Red Bull Racing
Through it all, Red Bull has not made an attempt to stand in Vettel's way of leaving and wishes the best for him in his future endeavors.
Red Bull Racing made the following statement on Oct. 4:
"Sebastian Vettel has advised us that he will be leaving Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the end of the 2014 season.
We want to warmly thank Sebastian for the incredible role he has played at Infiniti Red Bull Racing for the last six years.
Since joining the team in 2009, Sebastian, together with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, has scored 38 wins, 44 poles and eight World Championships, including four Drivers’ titles and four Constructors’. If you include Sebastian’s success at Red Bull’s second team, Scuderia Toro Rosso, the Red Bull total increases to 39 wins and 45 poles.
As we wish Sebastian well in the next stage of his career, we also look to the future with excitement, as the vacancy makes way for the next generation of Red Bull racers.
The Red Bull Junior Programme has developed some proven talents in recent times, including Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, who has excelled in the RB10 and become a three-time Formula One race winner in his first season with the team.
We’re pleased to announce that Daniel will be joined in the team for 2015 by another rising star from the Junior Programme, Daniil Kvyat."
Clearly, Vettel has had an incredible career with Red Bull and we expect nothing less from him in his racing future with Ferrari. He's been with the team since 2009, and sometimes a driver needs a change of scenery to get back on track.
Plus, Red Bull is certainly not being left in a horrible position through Vettel's move. The team has had a decent 2014 season with Daniel Ricciardo, who has managed to capture three wins this season and is in third place in the standings with a solid shot at the championship title.
It will also be interesting to see the strategy the Bulls have up their sleeve bringing in rookie Daniil Kvyat for the 2015 season.
What do you think about Vettel leaving Red Bull? Do you think it will be a positive move for his career? Do you think he will flourish again at Ferrari? How do you think Daniil Kvyat will perform next season at Red Bull? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Be a Part of Vettel's Last US Race with Red Bull!
The 2014 F1™ season is coming to an end and before you know it, the calendar will read Oct. 31 and the sport will be making its way to the United States.
Vettel's last United States tour with Red Bull will be the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ at Circuit of The Americas™ - a Texas-sized way to pay tribute to his fantastic career with a talented team!
With COTA Experiences'
Official Ticket Packages to the 2014 USGP, you can get VIP access to Vettel's last US race with Red Bull. F1™ USGP packages include tickets to some of the most coveted seats in the stands complete with transportation and accommodations included. Plus, you can add on VIP access to the Legends Club throughout the weekend where you'll find complimentary gourmet fare, open bars, racing legend meet-and-greets, and much more.
COTA Experiences even offers tickets to the Thursday Night Party and Circuit Tour where you can meet Mario Andretti and be a part of a live performance by singer/songwriter Edwin McCain, and tickets to the Friday Lunch with a Legend where you can be a part of a Q&A with Emerson Fittipaldi.
Get more information today on how you can be a part of the end of an era for Vettel and Infiniti Red Bull Racing by visiting COTA Experiences website or by calling 1-866-801-6975 to speak to a representative.
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