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Director of Performance

By PetrolHead on 01 Apr 2013

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Infiniti has been actively sponsoring the Red Bull Racing team and this year it has made its presence felt more prominently with more prominent placement of the company's logos and a stronger technical partnership with the Austrian-U.K. team.

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That partnership benefits Vettel, if he wishes to retire from the sport for he has been announced as the new Director of Performance for the premium Japanese automotive brand.

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The announcement was made by Infiniti on the opening day of the New York International Auto Show, and this latest announcement extends and enhances the triple World Champion's relationship with Infiniti which formally began in 2011.

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Vettel has played a crucial role in developing Infinitiís vehicle line up, starting with the exclusive Infiniti FX Vettel Edition and most recently with the all new Infiniti Q50.

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Vettel has been central to the development of the new Infiniti Q50 from its early stages - spending time with Infiniti engineers in Japan and providing them with chassis dynamics, performance and handling feedback.

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He was then involved in testing early models alongside Infiniti Red Bull Racing Test and Reserve driver Sebastien Buemi in Japan, around the famed Nurburgring in Germany, and at the Formula One pre-season test at the Spanish Circuit de Catalunya in early March.

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As Title and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing from the start of the 2013 Formula One season, Infiniti has deepened its technical relationship with the Team. This announcement ensures that Vettel will become involved in the development of more future Infiniti vehicles.

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Written by PetrolHead
A passionate motoring enthusiast since little, Akram's articles gives alternative insights on the latest motoring news.

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Jamesc Apr 02 2013 09:35 AM
The back of that Infiniti looks like a Hyundai.

And the front look like a Maserati Quattroporte

Buddybooze Apr 02 2013 01:57 PM
How likely is Vettel able to involve himself in actually developing a car's peformance given the super tight F1 schedule?
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