Sebastian Vettel returns to Red Bull

Former Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo are set to participate in promotional runs at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

In a nostalgic reunion, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo will share a paddock as teammates once again, harking back to their time at Red Bull Racing during the defining 2014 Formula 1 season. 

The two drivers will take part in a series of promotional runs for Red Bull Racing at the iconic Nürburgring Nordschleife in September.

Vettel, a four-time champion, will be back in the cockpit of his 2011 title-winning car, the RB7, for this special demonstration. 

However, the RB7 will be powered by carbon-neutral e-fuel, highlighting Red Bull Racing’s commitment to sustainability. 

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This will be the third occasion that Vettel drives a Formula 1 car utilizing sustainable fuel, following his runs in the 1992 Williams FW14B and the 1993 McLaren MP4/8.

The German driver emphasized the importance of finding responsible ways to continue racing and preserving the rich history of the sport. 

Vettel stated: “You can express culture in many ways — music, arts — but our way of expressing ourselves is driving cars, racing cars, and it would be a shame if that was all to disappear. 

“It is important to find a way that we can do it responsibly in the future as well to keep these cars and the history alive.”

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Joining Vettel on this nostalgic occasion will be his former teammate Ricciardo, who will be behind the wheel of Vettel’s 2012 championship-winning car, the RB8. 

The RB8, driven by both Vettel and compatriot Mark Webber, secured numerous victories during the season. 

This event marks the first time that both drivers will tackle the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in a Formula 1 car since Michael Schumacher’s demonstration in 2013.

The usage of carbon-neutral e-fuel in the RB7 aligns with Red Bull Racing’s commitment to sustainability. 

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Although e-fuels produce carbon dioxide when burned, they are considered carbon neutral as the CO2 used in their synthesis is captured from the atmosphere. 

However, the production of e-fuels currently requires substantial energy and is not yet considered a viable alternative to traditional fossil fuels on a large scale.

The Nürburgring event promises to be a remarkable spectacle, bringing together two accomplished drivers in an iconic setting.