Sebastian Vettel offered Red Bull career advice

Sebastian Vettel, in the opinion of Sky F1 presenter Karun Chandhok, would be a natural successor to lead Red Bull's driver programme.

At the conclusion of the 2022 Formula 1 season, Vettel retired from the sport, ending a distinguished career that saw him win four World Championships between 2010 and 2013.

Vettel became one of the sport’s most ruthless drivers with Red Bull, but success eluded him in later years as his Ferrari career stumbled before a switch to Aston Martin.

The German driver’s decision to stop competing doesn’t indicate a loss of enthusiasm in Formula 1. 

Given that Vettel’s connection with Red Bull is still very good, Karun Chandhok thinks Vettel would be well-suited to replace Helmut Marko as the director of Red Bull’s driver programme.

Marko is in charge of Red Bull’s highly effective programme, which has developed a reputation for treating drivers on the roster with ruthlessness over time.

Marko hasn’t said that he’s considering retiring, but Chandhok thinks that Vettel, at 79 years old and in the wake of the passing of Dietrich Mateschitz, a close friend and business owner, is a natural replacement for the Austrian.

According to Chandhok in Sky F1’s season assessment, taking over as director of the Red Bull driver programme would be the ideal position for him.

“Because he will be excellent at teaching the upcoming drivers how to be pros on the racetrack while also being aware of what’s going on in the rest of the world.”

With commentator David Croft, Chandhok discussed the career legacy of Sebastian Vettel and wondered why Vettel didn’t receive the same level of national support from his people as Michael Schumacher had during the height of his F1 career.

He remarked, “It’s a really interesting point.”

“I was talking to our Sky Germany colleagues about this in Abu Dhabi asking why didn’t the public ever gravitate toward him? Some of it is because I think Michael was the first big breakout star. They had people like Jochen Mass before but really Michael was the first one to achieve championship success.”

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