Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Three Cheers for Vettel

There he was, lounging in his home away from home in motorcoach space No. 30 at New Hampshire. On the tube Sunday morning was the Formula One Italian Grand Prix, and Brian Vickers couldn’t turn away while a young Red Bull athlete drove to his first F1 victory.

“I watch F1 every week it is on,” Brian said. “Sometimes I watch live, but most of the time I record the races and watch later, usually in my motorcoach. I set my TV to record all NASCAR and F1 races.”

Brian’s TV archived a historic occasion, as Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel, 21, won the wet-weather Italian GP some 12 seconds ahead of Heikki Kovalainen.

“I cheered for Vettel,” he said. “I am very happy and proud for Red Bull. I had the opportunity to spend time with Sebastian in the off-season in Austria. He is a great guy.”

Brian drives stock cars with 850 horsepower at 9,000 rpms. Vettel pilots Earth-bound fighter planes with 700 horsepower at 19,000 rpms.

“I love the technology and the speed of the cars — and racing in the rain,” said Brian, who attended the 2006 United States Grand Prix. “The normally dry races can be extremely boring, but racing in the rain is great.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember a report in 2006 saying Brian could possible test a Red Bull Formula 1 car. He hasn't done it yet but I'd love to see it.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:21 PM  
Anonymous tracy said...

I love to see drivers in all of the disciplines cross over and try their hand at different things. I'm a drag racer first and foremost, so that would be the most awesome for me to see. :)

Congrats to Vettel and Scuderia Toro Rosso on their win.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

I got hooked on NASCAR in '03. By watching Wind Tunnel and listening to Dave Despain I've slowly begun watching other racing. I'm now in my second season of enjoying F1 racing and I love seeing the Red Bull drivers do well. Two thumbs up to Sebastian and Scuderia Toro Rosso. This is a great time to be a fan of Red Bull activities.

4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck this weekend to Brian and AJ......we are ready for some luck and show your skill!

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Nick B said...

any updates on AJ's status? Haven't heard nothing......the silence isn't good...

Good luck in Dover!!!

Cheering that #83 to victory lane!

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is from
Currently, AJ Allmendinger's name is among those who could be looking for a ride before season's end. "Dinger" met with Chip Ganassi on Wednesday and has been mentioned as the leading candidate for the No. 41 Dodge as Reed Sorenson prepares to join Gillett Evernham Motorsports in 2009.

If the dominos start dropping shortly, Scott Speed could run the seven final races of the season with Team Red Bull to prepare for next year. Allmendinger and Sorenson could begin acclimating at their new addresses as well and everyone gets a head start on next season. Regardless, Speed will test the No. 82 Toyota at Lowe's Motor Speedway next Tuesday and Wednesday in anticipation of his Sprint Cup debut in the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 11.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous natalie said...

It was also said on ESPN during qualifying that there wasn't ant news about his contract.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous 84 said...

This blows. AJ passed up other BETTER potential ride offers thinking redbull would have him back. Now is only possible option is the 41.

Way to shot the guy some respect Redbull.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. Nothing like waiting till there is nothing else out there. Nice way to screw him RB one last time.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I understand you guys not being happy that Red Bull has not offered him a contract.

But its Aj's own fault that there are no quality rides left. Aj did not have to wait till now to find a new ride it was his choice to wait it out.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous 84 said...

ehh, i dont buy that brian. AJ is committed to redbull. MAybe he didnt want to make it seem like he wanted to leave by going around and talking to other rides. Since there is no apparent reason he should be let go. He and the new crew chief have turned it around and make huge gains. And RB wants to take that and give it to someone else that hasnt even had a sniff of Cup car experience? Sounds like BS to me.

Remember when AJ had some good runs in the truck b4 he got in a cup car? Speed will truggle also when he begins in the cup ride. and back to square 1 for the 84 team.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ said over and over again in his interviews he was committed to Red Bull and he wanted to stay with this team. If they werent goint to keep him they should have just told him. Its their business who they want and I wont even get into that. Give the driver the same respect he has given you. Is that too much to ask?

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add Petty Enterprises to the list of teams AJ has talked to, according to ESPN.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone know why it says on the jayski qualifying page that AJ was 13th in qualifying, but starting lineup he's 30th??

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Frank for NH said...

I'm another fan hoping and believing that Red Bull will sign an extension for AJ. Not because I feel sorry for him, but because it is the best thing for the 84 team in my opinion.

An interesting observation though... SS lost his ride at Toro Rosso in part to make room for 2 drivers. One, S. Vettel who just recorded the teams first win, and two, S. Bourdais who is the 3 time CART champ, that AJ was beating for the half year that he was with Forsythe. Interesting the way things have turned out especially since Toro Rosso (especially G. Berger) did not want Scott Speed, and Forsythe was extremely dissaponted to lose AJ.

Don't get me wrong, I have followed all 3 drivers and consider each of them great drivers. I especially like to follow them since neither of them were handed a "ready made - hand fed competitive ride." I just think it would be a bad decision for the 84 team to replace AJ now that they are progressing and I would just love to see what the team would be able to do in 09.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

Congrats Sebastian! Amazing drive in very tough conditions!

Good luck next year with Mark Webber as your teammate!

12:27 PM  

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