Red Bull chief, Christian Horner, admitted thatb the multiple time world champion was considering walking away after the drastic changes to the sport.Sebastian Vettel almost quit Grand Prix racing last year in fury at rule changes which wrecked his four-year domination, former boss Christian Horner has revealed.
Speaking as the Milton Keynes operation prepared for the first test of the new season in Spain, starting Sunday, the Red Bull overlord revealed the torment that led to the German quitting for Ferrari.
“There was a stage last year where he thought about whether he wanted to stop or not – whether he was getting the same level of enjoyment and wanted to continue, “ said Horner.
“He was unhappy with F1, the previous four years had been so successful in a car he loved driving and suddenly things were very different.
“It was like somebody had taken his toy away and took him a while to get a grips with that.
“So he went through a period of disillusion with F1, not Red Bull but the direction F1 was going in and was a bit outspoken in his views.”
Horner admitted Red Bull, which completed only 58 miles in last season’s first test, compared to Mercedes’ 850, are in a race against time to be ready for Sunday’s first day’s action for the new season.
“We’ve still got plenty to do,” he said.