Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel has confirmed that he will participate in Red Bull’s Formula Nürburgring event later this year and will be driving one of his championship-winning cars.
Sebastian Vettel will be reunited with the Red Bull RB7 he drove to win the 2011 Formula 1 drivers’ championship at the Red Bull Formula Nurburgring festival in September.
Vettel announced on Wednesday that he will be driving his fantastic RB7 which has been dubbed “Kinky Kylie,” at the event. He piloted the RB7 in 2011, the year he won the Drivers’ Championship for the second time in a row.
He won the title by more than 120 points after claiming 15 pole positions, 11 wins and 392 points just five points shy of the personal-best tally he achieved in 2013 with the RB9 from 19 races.
The four-time world champion, who announced his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season after a two-year stint with Aston Martin, will be driving an RB7 showcar that runs on E-fuels.
Vettel is the second driver who has been confirmed for the event alongside 2023 Red Bull reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo, who will be driving an RB8 showcar.
The Red Bull Formula Nurburgring will be the first official F1 demonstration laps on the Nordschleife since 2012, and it will take place on September 9 as part of the Nurburgring 12 Hours weekend which is the main event of the Nurburgring Endurance Series.
“In any case, it will be great fun to drive my RB7 fuelled with e-fuel on the Nordschleife as part of a show run.” Vettel said.
The 2014 season turned out to be Vettel’s final with the Milton Keynes-based team before he switched to Ferrari as Ricciardo replaced fellow Australian Mark Webber. Despite the fact that Vettel was the defending World Champion, Ricciardo finished ahead of him that season, which was unexpected.
Vettel has declared his intentions to return to the F1 grid, however he has not actually provided any details about his future plans, including whether or not he intends to race again.
He will participate in the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month in two Formula 1 cars from his personal collection: an ex-Ayrton Senna 1993 McLaren MP4/8 and a 1992 Williams FW14B.
In an effort to further support the “Race without a trace” movement, the cars will additionally run on sustainable fuels, as he did when he raced the historic 1992 Williams FW14B at Silverstone during the course of the British Grand Prix weekend in last year.