Sebastian Vettel to Drive Red Bull Formula 1 Car at Nürburgring Nordschleife

Cars, News I By Justin Cornelison I June 14, 2023
Nürburgring Nordschleife Sebastian Vettel

After bidding farewell to Formula 1 at the end of the previous season, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is set to make a triumphant return behind the wheel. On Wednesday, Vettel made a surprise announcement that he would be back in action, joining forces with his former Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo for a special event at the Nürburgring Nordschleife later this year.

Since his retirement, Vettel has taken a step back from the limelight, focusing on spending valuable time with his family. However, the lure of the sport has proven too strong for the German driver to resist, and he is now eager to showcase his skills once again.

The upcoming event at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, scheduled for 9 September, will be no ordinary affair. Dubbed the ‘Red Bull Formula Nurburgring,’ it will be a historic 12-hour endurance event that brings together a mix of young and seasoned drivers, featuring an array of machinery including Formula 1 cars, NASCAR vehicles, and drift cars.

What sets this event apart is Vettel’s dedication to environmental causes, which he emphasized throughout his latter years in Formula 1. The German driver has always been an advocate for sustainability, firmly believing that historic racing machinery can run on carbon-neutral fuel.

“Motorsport is my passion,” Vettel affirmed. “It’s important to me to show that racing cars can run just as well and quickly with synthetic CO2-neutral fuel. And that is already today!”

Last year, Vettel demonstrated his commitment to this cause when he utilized carbon-neutral fuels for a demonstration run in Nigel Mansell’s 1992 championship-winning Williams car at the British Grand Prix. His actions spoke volumes, proving that carbon neutrality is not a far-fetched concept but an achievable reality.

The event at Nürburgring Nordschleife will mark the return of Formula 1 machinery to the legendary 12.9-mile long track after a decade-long absence. The last time an F1 car graced the Nordschleife was during the 2013 Nurburgring 24-hours race, when seven-time champion Michael Schumacher thrilled the crowds with a Mercedes F1 car. Prior to that, it was Nick Heidfeld who took a BMW-Sauber for a spin around the challenging circuit back in 2007.

Sebastian Vettel’s return to the Formula 1 cockpit at Nürburgring Nordschleife signifies a homecoming of sorts. This event not only allows him to reignite his passion for racing but also provides a platform to champion the use of sustainable technologies in motorsport. Vettel’s dedication to promoting carbon-neutral fuels is commendable, as he showcases that a greener future is within reach.

As fans eagerly anticipate the event on 9 September, it is a testament to the enduring appeal of Sebastian Vettel’s talent and the allure of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It will undoubtedly be a day to remember, filled with excitement, nostalgia, and a reminder of the legacy Vettel has left in the world of Formula 1.

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