Vettel, a four-time world champion, retired at the end of last season after a storied 15-year career on the grid, and will now be reunited with the famous Red Bull RB7 he nicknamed ‘Kinky Kylie’ when he hits the circuit on September 9.
Vettel and his former teammate will drive exhibition laps for Red Bull in their former cars, which will run on carbon-neutral e-fuel; a cause very important for the German, who is a staunch advocate for sustainability and protecting the environment.
‘The myth of the Nordschleife resonated, even if we ‘only’ drove the GP track at the time. In any case, it will be great fun to drive my RB7 – fuelled with e-fuel – on the Nordschleife as part of a show run,’ Vettel said when his exhibition laps at the track known as the ‘Green Hell’ were announced.
‘Motorsport is my passion. It’s important to me to show that racing cars can run just as well and quickly with synthetic CO2-neutral fuel. And that is already today!’
Ex-Red Bull teammates Sebastian Vettel (left) and Daniel Ricciardo (right) will reunite to do demonstration laps in F1 cars at the famous Nordschleife track in Germany
Vettel, a staunch advocate for sustainability and the environment, is pleased that he will do the exhibition drive in a car run on carbon-neutral fuel
Vettel (left) showers his then-teammate Ricciardo (right) in champagne after the Aussie won the Canadian Grand Prix in 2014
Ricciardo, pictured at the annual Met Gala in New York earlier this year, will also drive for Red Bull at the famous track on September 9
Ricciardo, currently taking a gap year of sorts as the test driver for Red Bull, confirmed he would also be doing an exhibition lap at the famous track, which is part of the wider Nuerburgring circuit last month.
‘I just got my invite to the Nuerburgring which is pretty cool. I’m going to be driving a Red Bull car around the famous track, so I’m very excited about that,’ he said in a post on the team’s social media.
The exhibition laps are part of a huge weekend of racing for Red Bull, with the Nurburgring 12 Hour race also taking place.
It’s been a decade since a modern F1 car has driven on the notorious Nordschleife circuit, which hosted grand prixs between 1951 and 1976.
The end of F1 there came after racing legend Niki Lauda’s horrifying and fiery crash at the circuit, that he only just survived.
Vettel retired in 2022 after a 15-year F1 career that saw him become Red Bull’s most successful driver of all time
Germany’s famous Nordschleife track is now used as a proving ground for the latest supercars, like the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE (pictured on the circuit)
The great Michael Schumacher was the last to drive a modern car there in 2013, just months before his skiing accident, six years after Nick Heidfeld became the first driver to do lap in an F1 car at the track since Lauda’s infamous crash.
It’s one of the most famous tracks on the planet, and is one of the fiercest tests for any driver’s competence, with blind crests and stunning, tight twists and turns. There’s an elevation gain/loss of 1000 feet per lap as it winds through the stunning German country side.
The RB7 Vettel will drive in the exhibition laps is a car the German will have fond memories of.
In it he won the 2011 world championship after a season in which he won 11 grand prixs, and secured 18 of 19 poles.
Famous for giving his cars a female name each season, Vettel named the RB7 he will drive in Germany on September 9 ‘Kinky Kylie’.
Vettel, pictured at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2011, races in the RB7 he called ‘Kinky Kylie’, that many speculated was named after Kylie Minogue
Given he named it hours after winning the Australian Grand Prix to open the season, speculation was rife in the media he named it after Kylie Minogue; though he has yet to confirm that fact.
But he clearly was a big fan of the car.
‘It has a tight butt, is supple, and is good to look at,’ he said in 2011, after telling reporters what he was naming his RB7.
Ricciardo will drive the RB8 Vettel nicknamed ‘Abbey’ – a far cry from the suggestive names he’d used for cars earlier in his career, like Luscious Liz, Kate’s Dirty Sister, Hungry Heidi (named after German supermodel Heidi Klum) and Randy Mandy.