“When we decided to replace Albon, Vettel was no longer available”- Helmut Marko on Red Bull bosses demanding Sebastian Vettel homecoming.
Red Bull this winter set their heart to replace Alex Albon from the 2nd spot in the team, but the runners-up of 2020 had multiple candidates for the one vacancy.
Naturally, one of the candidates was Sebastian Vettel, who had decided to leave Ferrari after the 2020 season, and his availability made him contest for the seat.
A report by Motorsport has revealed that Dietrich Mateschitz had ordered the team to bring back Vettel home, but it could not have happened as Helmut Marko revealed to the same source that Vettel had made commitment elsewhere before they could have reached him.
The four-time World Champion has signed a two-year deal with Aston Martin, rebranding the current Racing Point. Aston Martin since 2018 was a sponsor to Red Bull, but after this year, they would be withdrawing the partnership with Red Bull.
It is because team owner Lawrence Stroll has acquired 17.6% stakes of the Briton brand, which would be making its appearance on F1 tracks with his son Lance Stroll along with Vettel.
A big Red Bull shuffle
Red Bull after 2007 (Mark Webber ) for the first time appointed a driver who was never a part of their development programme, but it took a huge shuffle in the paddock amidst the Red Bull products, before a non-Red Bull driver took the main seat of the team.
Sebastian Vettel, who is statistically the most successful driver of the programme left Ferrari to replace Sergio Perez, his junior at Red Bull’s academy Carlos Sainz replaced him at Ferrari.
To replace Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, also a Red Bull academy took the charge at McLaren, the absurdity of the situation is full of irony and reflects the uncertainty in the life of a Red Bull driver.