Sainz Reveals Sebastian Vettel’s Incredible Gesture on His Last Day at Red Bull

Published 03/23/2021, 2:38 AM EDT
SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 02: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive during practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 2, 2009 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz is all set to take up a 4-time world champion’s seat at Ferrari over the upcoming 2021 F1 season. And despite being in such a competitive environment, Sainz’s respect for Sebastian Vettel is over the roof. One might ask, why?


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Well, it has something to do with a heartwarming moment between the two when Vettel was heading out of Red Bull in 2014. Sainz was then a simulator pilot for the Austrian outfit. And thanking his efforts behind the virtual wheel, Vettel had dedicated a personalized letter to the Spaniard.

Furthermore, the letter wasn’t just gifted to Sainz, but each of the Red Bull crew had received a personal letter from the 4-time world champion.


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What did Carlos Sainz say about Sebastian Vettel?

Speaking to Soy Motor, Sainz opened up on Vettel’s beautiful gesture for his championship-winning team before parting ways.

The day he said goodbye to Red Bull in 2014, I was a simulator pilot and he dedicated a letter to me.

He thought that the work I did in the simulator for him and the team was important. And he had the detail saying goodbye to Red Bull by sending a letter to all employees personalized for each employee. I was a simulator pilot at the time.”

(Translated from Spanish using Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Similar to the farewell day at Red Bull, Vettel had dedicated a song for Ferrari through the team radio following his final race with them in Abu Dhabi last year.

Despite the bitter moments with the team, Vettel was genuine enough to thank the Prancing Stallion for their efforts through the 6-year stint. As a parting gift, Ferrari also gifted Vettel a championship cup, with his race wins engraved on it.

I have a special affection for Vettel: Sainz

Sainz revealed that Vettel knew he would take up the simulator session as early as 4 in the morning, which he also managed to mention in the letter.

He knew that at four in the morning he would spend hours on set-up recommending settings for his Australian race. And he had the detail of sending me a letter thanking me for that effort in the simulator and those hours of work that I had put there,” he said.


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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc arrive for testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Since then I have a special affection for him and I have a relationship with him beyond the cameras, which perhaps I have never told him. And one day I will tell him. But since then I have great respect for him.”

Moreover, Sainz also reckoned that Vettel will make a mark in Formula 1 regardless of his bitter years with Ferrari. But will his predictions turn out exactly the same in reality? Only time will tell.


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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.