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Franz Tost: “It was immediately clear that Sebastian Vettel was going to be a really great driver”

At the end of this season, Sebastian Vettel will say goodbye to Formula 1. According to AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost, it was always clear that Vettel would become a really great driver.

In 2007 Sebastian Vettel made his debut as a substitute for the BMW Sauber F1 team but a few races later he was named race driver at Scuderia Toro Rosso. The following season he spectacularly won his first F1 race in Italy. Franz Tost was his team boss at the time and according to Tost it was already clear that Vettel was a great driver.

“When he came to us he brought new blood, new ideas, he was very demanding and asked a lot of questions,” Tost told the official F1 website earlier this week. “The questions he asked were very good for a rider his young age.”

“He was 100 percent committed to Formula 1. He paid attention to details, which is very important, he was always in a good mood, even if we had problems with our car at the beginning.”

“However, he pushed the team forward, as a result of that he won the race in Monza together with Scuderia Toro Rosso.”

“It was his first F1 win, it was the first win for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Based on the way he worked, it was clear to me that he was going to be a really great rider. He won four world titles!”

“I was convinced that he could become Formula 1 world champion, provided he joined the right team at the right time. That was the case with Red Bull Racing.”

“Later on he was very successful with Ferrari, he also won a lot of races for Scuderia Ferrari.”

According to Tost, Formula 1 will miss Sebastian Vettel, even though he has not been able to compete at the front in recent seasons.

“We will miss him,” said Tost. “I personally, because we met regularly and because he has a fantastic character. He is always very open, he is very simple but also very successful.”

“I wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

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