Sebastian Vettel made his Formula 1 debut with BMW Sauber at the 2007 United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, earning his first ever point by finishing eighth in the race.
Andreas Seidl, who worked for BMW’s Formula 1 program at the time, recalls young Vettel’s early days in motorsport’s elite as the driver announced his retirement from F1 for the end of the season.
« Yeah, I remember those days when we were trying to get him to do his first test. Then his first Formula 1 race with us in Indianapolis. »
« But straight away his qualities were evident. Obviously at the time it was not predictable that he would have such a start and win four championships in a row. But in terms of personality, character , he was always special, and of course he was a fantastic driver. »
« I think the sport will miss him. We will miss him. But on the other hand, the most important thing is that he made the right decision for him and for his family. All we can do is wish him the best and hopefully we will see him again from time to time. »