He’s back! Red Bull announce sensational Sebastian Vettel return

Sam Cooper
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, celebrates his first F1 title. Abu Dhabi, November 2010.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, celebrates after winning his first of four World titles. Abu Dhabi, November 2010.

Red Bull have confirmed Sebastian Vettel will step into the seat of an F1 car once again at the Nürburgring later this year.

Vettel will partner his former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull Formula Nürburgring as both drivers take to the Nordschleife circuit.

It will be the four-time World Champion’s third appearance on a track this year having competed in January’s Race of Champions as well as an upcoming visit to the Goodwood Festival of Speed where he will drive Nigel Mansell’s championship-winning Williams FW14B and Ayrton Senna’s McLaren MP4/8.

Red Bull have also specified what car each driver will be in with Vettel in the RB7 while Ricciardo will drive the RB8. Vettel drove the RB7 during his second title-winning season in 2011 and it will be the first time he has driven a Red Bull car since the end of the 2014 season when he left to join Ferrari.

Vettel won four World Championships at Red Bull, the first in the team’s history and remains their most successful driver.

The event at the Nürburgring in the east of Germany mixes young talents with legendary drivers and will see a return of F1 cars to the circuit for the first time in over 10 years.

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Confirmation of Vettel’s return comes following a teaser put out by the energy drink company’s German Instagram page with a picture of Vettel’s helmet.

Red Bull also announced “big news” was to follow which was later confirmed to be Vettel’s comeback.

Little was known about Vettel’s future when he retired last year with the German insisting his main focus was to spend time with his family.

But a possible future pouting for him could be in Le Mans with long-time press officer Britta Roeske spotted at the race during this year’s centenary editions.

Roeske was hard at work at the Le Mans 24 Hours, with Sebastian Vettel’s press officer ‘swapping sides’ for the weekend as she slipped into a journalism role.

Roeske has been Vettel’s most trusted aide since his days with Red Bull, dating back to 2009 when she became his press officer. Roeske followed the four-time World Champion to Ferrari at the end of 2014, then onwards to Aston Martin in 2021.