Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has said that Sebastian Vettel’s split from the team has been an amicable one as the four-time world champion looks for new motivation with Ferrari in 2015.
In a surprise announcement on Saturday morning at Suzuka, Red Bull confirmed that Vettel will be leaving the team at the end of the season, with Christian Horner saying that he will be racing for Ferrari next year despite there being no official announcement.
Red Bull has been central to Vettel’s career and success, with the German driver first enjoying ties with the brand back in 1999. He has claimed all of his 39 grand prix victories with a Red Bull-backed team, not to mention his four F1 world titles between 2010 and 2013.
However, Vettel is now looking for a new challenge with Ferrari, and Marko is not looking to dwell on the matter.
“I’m not sad because we had a fantastic time, we had some fantastic success,” he said. “We discussed it. He’s looking for new motivation for new challenges so life goes on.
“And it was no problem, we decided immediately to take [Daniil] Kvyat and hope to repeat the story with another junior from us.”
After just one season in F1, Kvyat has the opportunity of a lifetime with Red Bull in 2015, where he will race alongside Daniel Ricciardo.
The news came as a surprise to much of the F1 paddock, with the first inklings of unrest at Red Bull only coming in the last few weeks. Marko confirmed that the calls were taken by the driver and the team over the past few days, with Vettel informing Red Bull of his final decision last night.
“In the last couple of days the whole thing happened,” Marko said. “But we split it amicably, you know. There’s no bad feeling either on our side or on his side.”