WATCH: Baby-Faced Sebastian Vettel With a Dashing Helmut Marko During Red Bull Academy Days

Published 11/10/2021, 12:05 AM EST


Sebastian Vettel is a four-time world champion. He will surely go down as one of the best drivers in the history of Formula One. Vettel holds many records to his name and is still the youngest driver to win a championship.

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Most of his success came with the Red Bull Racing team. He came into the team after graduating from the Red Bull Academy program to Toro Rosso to Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel raced for the Austrian team from 2009 to 2014. In that six-year spell, he won 38 races with the team and claimed four consecutive championships from 2010 to 2013.

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In a throwback, we can see a very young Sebastian Vettel with other drivers of the academy and Dr. Helmut Marko- the in charge of the Red Bull Junior program.

Marko and Vettel have shared a very good relationship through the years. And the throwback image of 2002 shows its beginning. The German driver still takes advice from the Austrian from time to time regarding his career.

It was the Sebastian Vettel we know: Helmut Marko

As reported by F1only.fr, Marko had initially advised Vettel to not go to Aston Martin after being released from Ferrari. He had mentioned to his former charge to take a sabbatical and return to a top team a year later.

However, after Vettel claimed Aston Martin’s first podium in Baku when he finished P2, Marko was very impressed.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with a trophy on the podium after finishing in second place REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

“It was the Vettel we know, the way he got on the podium, but especially his passing maneuvers, his fights with Gasly, the first lap. I am really happy that this change has taken place in a very short period of time and I hope that it will be the case in other races as well.” 

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“He is number one in the Stroll team, which daddy [Lawrence Stroll, owner of the team, note] will not find so well,” said Helmut Marko. (quotes translated from French to English via Google Translate)

We often see both greeting and talking to each other at the paddock in race weeks. It is nice to see that they both respect each other even after all these years and despite not working with each other anymore.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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