Vettel to Pay Tribute to Late Red Bull Owner With Iconic F1 Helmet Design – Explained!

News broke through the U.S. Grand Prix weekend that Red Bull co-founder and proprietor Dietrich Mateschitz died at 78 years previous.

The Aston Martin driver and Red Bull workforce principal Christian Horner on the U.S. Grand Prix.

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As Formula One prepares for the Mexico City Grand Prix Sunday, one driver is utilizing his helmet as a manner to pay tribute to a pioneer within the sport.

Last Saturday, earlier than the U.S. Grand Prix qualifying session, information unfold all through the paddock that Red Bull co-founder and proprietor Dietrich Mateschitz died at 78 years previous. While constructing the vitality drink empire, the Austrian was behind the push to enter the corporate into F1, shopping for not only one however two groups—Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri. 

He performed a task in lots of lives, notably the younger drivers who competed for the groups or rose by means of the junior program. One of these is 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who gained all of his titles with Red Bull Racing. He now competes for Aston Martin, however the German will nonetheless pay his respects to Mateschitz this weekend as he returns his unique and iconic Red Bull helmet design on the Mexico City Grand Prix. 

“I think it was six of us on Sunday on the grid who shared obviously a story with Red Bull or are still sharing a story with Red Bull, as a brand, as a team, with the Junior Team and there’s probably more Formula One drivers, thinking of others as well. I think the impact that Red Bull had on the grid in the last 15 years has been outstanding and probably unprecedented.,” Vettel stated throughout Thursday’s press convention in Mexico. “I think Dietrich, to me, we had a very good relationship and what I really appreciate today is that it was always eye level, even though he was far more experienced and knowledgeable than I was, especially early on.” 

The influence Mateschitz had is in depth—six constructors’ titles (one gained in Austin final weekend) and 6 drivers’ titles since 2010. But Mateschitz and Red Bull’s attain prolonged past Formula One. The firm additionally owns soccer groups Red Bull Salzburg, New York Red Bulls, RB Leipzig and Red Bull Brasil; hockey groups EHC Munchen and EC Red Bull Salzburg; and esports workforce Red Bull OG.

Vettel added Mateschitz “helped kids, girls, boys, men, women along the way and helped them to chase their dreams. It’s all down to Dietrich and the idea that he had in his head, what he wanted to do with this brand and that’s what he created.”

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