Red Bull sign son of Formula 1 legend

Sebastian Montoya has joined the Red Bull Junior Team at the age of 17.

Sebastian Montoya has become the third new signing to the Red Bull Junior Team, after the team previously announced the signings of Zane Maloney and Enzo Fittipaldi.

The 17-year-old is the son of former Williams and McLaren driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who took part in 95 Grand Prix during his time during Formula 1, winning seven and achieving 30 podium finishes.

The Colombian raced in Formula 1 between 2001 and 2006, as well as taking part in IndyCar and NASCAR over the course of his illustrious racing career.

Having stood in for Oliver Goethe at the Formula 3 race in Zandvoort last year, finishing both races in eighth place, the Sebastian Montoya will be looking forward to taking part in the series full time in 2023 after signing with Red Bull.

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The young Colombian wis expected to compete in Formula 3 this year after Red Bull’s chief advisor Helmut Marko hinted that this is the plan for Montoya in a recent interview with Auto Motor und Sport.

Montoya announced his move to the Red Bull Junior Team on social media and was understand over the moon to have signed with the energy drink giants.

“Excited to announce I am not part of the Red Bull’s Official Junior Team,” wrote Montoya on social media.

“This past year, I became part of the brand’s athletes and now we will work together for the ultimate goal: F1.”

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As well as competing in Formula 3, Montoya will race in the Formula Regional Middle East championship between January and February, having taken part in the 2022 Formula Regional Asia and Formula Regional European championships.

It has been rumoured that Montoya could eventually be managed by the legendary Sebastian Vettel in the future, as Helmut Marko has confirmed that the door is always open for the German to begin a career in management with Red Bull, should he ever return to Formula 1.

The 35-year-old retired from racing at the end of last year and while he has no plans to return to F1, he has admitted that he could be swayed after a couple of years without the adrenaline rush of motorsport.