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BMW Don’t Regret Letting Vettel Go

BMW Sauber boss Dr. Mario Theissen has admitted he and his team have no regrets at all about letting Sebastian Vettel leave the team for Scuderia Toro Rosso towards the end of 2007.

The young German driver was a tester with the team from the end of 2006 right through 2007, making his debut in with the team at the USGP when Robert Kubica was sidelined after a very hard crash at Canada.

He put in a stellar performance that day, and was drafted into Scuderia Toro Rosso after they sacked Scott Speed. Yesterday Vettel, 21, made history becoing the youngest ever F1 winner.

“No,” Theissen told Autosport when asked if there were any regrets about his Vettel decision.

“Red Bull and BMW have supported him over many years and it was clear that for the early years of his career it would be the right move to gain experience without too much pressure.

“He is just 21 – with just one year of experience. He has another 15 years ahead of him.”

Theissen also reckons that Vettel’s progress at Toro Rosso has been nothing short of amazing, and that he has an illustrious career ahead.

“When he started with Toro Rosso as a racing driver it was clear he would need a learning period but that has been tremendously short.

“It was an immaculate race in Monza. Toro Rosso put the best car on the grid for these weather conditions and he did an immaculate job without being under pressure at any point of the race.

“It is fantastic. Just an amazing story – I am happy for Sebastian but also for Gerhard (Berger) and Franz Tost. We have worked together for many years and it is just incredible what they did at Toro Rosso.”

Sebastian Vettel


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