Sebastian Vettel will be given one of his championship-winning Red Bull cars as a farewell present by his former team.
But the four-times champion won’t receive his car immediately as Red Bull don’t want technology from the car finding its way into the hands of Vettel’s new team for 2015, Ferrari.
“We don’t want it turning up in Maranello,” said team principal Christian Horner after presenting Vettel with a selection of parting gifts on Vettel’s final visit to the team’s based in Milton Keynes. In the meantime he will have to make do with a 50% scale model of another of his cars.
The Italy-bound driver was also given an espresso cup, sunglasses and a pair of tight red Speedos.
Vettel, who appeared in Ferrari overalls for the first time on Saturday, said goodbye to team members at the factory. “The last six years have been incredible,” he said. “What we’ve achieved, the work that’s gone in. So much passion, so much dedication. It will always stay in my heart. Big, big thank you to everyone.”
“In the end we had the better car because we were the better team. ‘Thank you’ really doesn’t really describe enough what I feel.”
Red Bull previously gave one of their 2009 RB5 cars – the team’s first race-winning design – to chief technical director Adrian Newey.
Vettel visits Red Bull to say goodbye
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