Sebastian Vettel Didn’t Leave Red Bull F1 Because Of Me: Daniel Ricciardo

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October 6, 2020 8:26 pm

Red Bull enjoyed their fair share of dominance early on in the last decade. Over the years, they have boasted a lineup of quality drivers like Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

The biggest highlight was obviously Red Bull and star driver Vettel sealing four Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in a row. A sheer sense of invincibility had gripped the workings of the team.

But, when the turbo hybrid engines era begun in 2013, Red Bull were overshadowed by Mercedes’ efforts. Daniel Ricciardo joined the team to give a strong challenge to Vettel. And the German driver slowly realized that Ricciardo was indeed faster than him.

Sebastian Vettel left Red Bull in pursuit of a new challenge

There was speculation at the time that Vettel was set to move, because Red Bull were prioritizing Daniel Ricciardo. But, the Australian driver has moved to quash these rumors, stating that he thinks Vettel left the team to pursue a new challenge.

In an interview with F1-Insider, he said, “I was proud because I did a good job. But to be honest, I was also a little sad that he left. I would have loved to drive another season with him.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the paddock ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“Even if the second season would have been more difficult. But I think I wasn’t the reason he left Red Bull. He achieved so much with them and he just needed a new challenge at the time.” (translated from Google Translate)

A new challenge did arrive in the form of Scuderia Ferrari. When the racing giants came calling, Vettel moved there.

Vettel and Ricciardo enjoyed a decent 2014 season together

The 2014 Formula 1 season was the last of the pair, where Red Bull ended in second place behind Mercedes. Daniel Ricciardo put in better performances, which included 3 race wins and 5 podium finishes. That saw him take third place in the Drivers’ standings.

By contrast, Vettel was poor by his own standards in his final season with the team. Failing to seal even a single race victory, the German ended up with three 3rd place finishes.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo before the race. Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Seven years later, they will now be embroiled in the fight for third with their respective teams. While Daniel Ricciardo would be joining McLaren, Sebastian Vettel will turn out for Aston Martin F1 Racing.

Bhargav Gopal

Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune. Bhargav is quite a genius in his field, having won the All-India Marketing Case Study Competition 2015. He also loves to combine his love for marketing and sports by taking part in competitions like Knockout: Sports Marketing Case Study by IIM Ahmedabad.

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