Sebastian Vettel
German racing driver
Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel is a German Formula One racing driver, currently driving for the British racing team Red Bull Racing. He is the current World Champion, having won the championship in 2010 and 2011. In his first year driving for Red Bull in 2009, Vettel finished the season as the youngest-ever World Drivers' championship runner-up. He also secured Red Bull's first pole position and race win in the team's history.
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Motor racing: Pirelli end tire test a day early after Vettel crash - 13 days
MILAN (Reuters) - Pirelli had to cut short a Formula One wet tire test at Ferrari's Fiorano track in Italy on Friday after four times world champion Sebastian Vettel crashed into barriers the day before.
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Motor racing-Vettel clear he's staying at Ferrari
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Sebastian Vettel has made clear his future is with Ferrari as Mercedes look to replace newly-retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg for next season. Ferrari -- the oldest, most glamorous and successful team in the sport -- failed to win a race this year and Vettel's name has been one of those mentioned in media speculation following Rosberg's surprise decision to walk away. Rosberg, 31 and only the third German driver after Michael Schumacher and Vettel to win the championship, announced his retirement on Friday.
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FIA wrong on two counts with Vettel, says Herbert
Yahoo News - 4 months
By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One's governing body got it wrong twice over with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at last weekend's Mexican Grand Prix, according to former race winner and television pundit Johnny Herbert. Stewards promoted and demoted the German to and from the podium after he tangled with Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, and then let him off for hurling abuse at race director Charlie Whiting over the radio. Herbert told Reuters that, while he welcomed the airing of communications between driver and team as an insight into the stresses of racing, Vettel's swearing at Whiting had gone too far.
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Vettel puts Ferrari into the mix in Mexico - 4 months
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari into the Mexican Grand Prix mix with the fastest practice lap on Friday while Lewis Hamilton laid down a marker in his title battle with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.
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Vettel fourth as Ferrari struggle again at United States GP
Yahoo News - 4 months
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel said fourth was the best he could do for Ferrari in Sunday's United States Grand Prix. On another disappointing day for the Italian team, who are without a win this year, his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish, forced into retirement after a pit-stop blunder that saw him pull up with a loose wheel and then roll backwards into the pit lane. "We had some issues," said Raikkonen, who was clearly livid after the incident which wrecked his race.
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Motor racing-Formula One United States Grand Prix qualifying
Yahoo News - 4 months
Oct 22 (Gracenote) - Qualifying from the Formula One United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday 1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:34.999 2. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:35.215 3. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:35.509 4. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:35.747 5. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:36.131 6. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1:36.358 7. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1:36.628 8. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1:37.116 9. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1:37.269 10. ...
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Motor racing-Vettel more focused on car than contract - 4 months
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel put talk of a contract extension to one side on Thursday and emphasised that his main priority was to help the team build a better car to take on dominant Mercedes.
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Motor racing-Formula One Japanese Grand Prix starting grid
Yahoo News - 5 months
Oct 9 (Gracenote) - Starting grid from the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on Sunday 1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 3. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 5. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 6. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 7. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas - Ferrari 8. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 9. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 10. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Haas - Ferrari 11. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 12. ...
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Vettel plays down Ferrari boss’s comments on future
Yahoo News - 5 months
By Abhishek Takle SUZUKA, Japan, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel said he had nothing to sort out with Maurizio Arrivabene, playing down comments the Ferrari team principal made that the German had to earn his place at the Italian Formula One team. “I know that there is nothing between us, nothing that we need to sort out,” Vettel, who said he was not aware of the comments, told reporters at the Suzuka circuit on Saturday after Japanese Grand Prix qualifying. Arrivabene, speaking to broadcaster Sky Sports Italia, made the comments in reference to Vettel’s future.
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Motor racing-Formula One Japanese Grand Prix qualifying session 1
Yahoo News - 5 months
Oct 8 (Gracenote) - Qualifying session 1 from the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on Saturday 1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1:31.659 2. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:31.674 3. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:31.858 4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:32.218 5. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1:32.383 6. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1:32.448 7. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas - Ferrari 1:32.458 8. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:32.487 9. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:32.538 10. ...
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Motor racing-Formula One Japanese Grand Prix 1st free practice session
Yahoo News - 5 months
Oct 7 (Gracenote) - 1st Free Practice Session from the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on Friday 1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:32.431 2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:32.646 3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1:33.525 4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:33.817 5. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:34.112 6. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:34.379 7. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1:34.530 8. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1:34.767 9. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1:35.003 10. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sebastian Vettel
  • 2016
    For the 2016 season Vettel and his mechanics decided to name his Ferrari SF16-H Margherita.
    More Details Hide Details Vettel's unexpected win at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix led the media to dub him the "Baby Schumi", "New Schumacher". He was not just dubbed this for his nationality, but also because of his driving style, his concentration and the hands-on role he plays behind the scenes with his team of engineers. Vettel played down the comparison stating he wanted to be the "New Vettel". Nevertheless, the similarities are marked. Like Schumacher, Vettel grew up in a small town with an everyday background—Schumacher's father a bricklayer and Vettel's a carpenter. Both had their first taste of racing at the Kerpen karting track near Cologne, not far from the Nürburgring. Vettel began driving in his garden lapping the garden many times, not even stopping to eat or shower, before he could legally take to the roads, and said his passion for cars was nurtured by watching Schumacher compete.
  • 2015
    Vettel continued this tradition with Ferrari and christened his 2015 Ferrari SF15-T Eva.
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    In 2015, Vettel won his very first Race of Champions beating Kristensen in the final.
    More Details Hide Details En route to the final of the Nations Cup, Vettel was able to gain some form of revenge over his former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, defeating him at the quarter final stage as Germany knocked out Australia. Vettel's passion for different helmet designs started at a young age, and from his early days in karting, he has worked with helmet designer Jens Munser. At age eight, Vettel wanted the crab from The Little Mermaid, who was also called Sebastian, on his helmet. Vettel's original helmet, in Formula One, like most Red Bull-backed drivers, was heavily influenced by the energy drink company logo. New to Vettel's helmet since the start of 2008 has been the incorporation of the red cross shape of the Kreis Bergstraße coat of arms on the front, just underneath the visor, in honour of the region of his birthplace, Heppenheim.
    Vettel returned to the ROC in 2015, teaming up with fellow F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg to represent Germany in the Nations' Cup.
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    In September 2015, Vettel became a father for the second time with the birth of his second daughter, Matilda.
    More Details Hide Details In 2015, Forbes estimated that Vettel's annual income was $33 million. On the Formula One circuit, Kimi Räikkönen, his Ferrari teammate for 2015 and 2016, is a close friend. Vettel also shows to have a good friendship with fellow drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg with whom he repeatedly showcases a close, humorous friendship.
  • 2014
    According to Ferrari's official website, Vettel did however try the simulated 2014 car in the team's simulator program.
    More Details Hide Details 2015 Vettel made his Ferrari début by finishing third in the after overtaking Felipe Massa for the position during the pit stop window. The previous day he had narrowly outqualified team mate Kimi Räikkönen for fourth on the grid. Vettel followed that up with winning the, his first race win for over a year and the first win for Ferrari for almost two years. It was also his 40th Grand Prix win, putting him one win behind Ayrton Senna, the 3rd-placed driver on the all-time list. After the win, an emotional Vettel paid tribute to Michael Schumacher, saying that his hero's achievements with Ferrari made the first win all the more special. Vettel also stated his goal was to try to win the championship. Mercedes' executive director Toto Wolff admitted at the same time that Vettel was a title contender, saying that Ferrari's recovery over the winter was 'incredible'. Vettel ran both Mercedes cars close for the first half of the race in China, but eventually had to settle for third – his third successive podium – which was a result that both Vettel and the team admitted was always the most likely on that particular occasion.
    Vettel was denied an early release from his Red Bull contract to test the 2014 Ferrari car in Abu Dhabi post-race.
    More Details Hide Details In spite of this Vettel technically breached his contract being at the test with Ferrari – although not driving the car but Red Bull did not enforce any sanctions. Vettel instead made his first appearance at the Ferrari factory over the weekend of 29–30 November, completing nearly 100 laps around the test track of Fiorano in the 2012 car as well as performing simulator work and completing his first official interview as a Ferrari driver.
    Vettel mentioned he would like to drive for Ferrari at some point in his career and was rumoured to have a non-binding pre-contract, with options, to join them in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Red Bull believed he would stay with the team for as long as they supplied a competitive car. His contract extension to the end of 2015 seemed to end any discussion that Vettel was about to make the Ferrari move. On the day Vettel and Red Bull announced parting ways, team principal Christian Horner announced that Vettel was going to sign with Ferrari. From there it took from early October to 20 November for Ferrari to announce a three-year contract with Vettel. At the same time, Ferrari announced that Vettel's long-time championship rival Fernando Alonso would be departing the team at the end of the season; meaning Vettel would partner Kimi Räikkönen at the team. Alonso's departure two years before his contract expiry opened the Ferrari door for Vettel.
    Vettel signed off the 2014 season, by becoming the first defending champion to fail to win a race in the following season since Jacques Villeneuve in.
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    In addition to suffering reliability problems, throughout 2014 Vettel struggled to get to grips with the Red Bull RB10, and Pirelli's 2014 tyres.
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    On 4 October 2014, Red Bull Racing announced that Vettel would be leaving the team at the end of the 2014 season, one year before his contract was due to expire.
    More Details Hide Details After the, he had been outqualified by a teammate over a season for the first time in his Formula One career.
    After having Mark Webber as a team-mate for five years, Vettel's new team-mate in 2014 was Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who was promoted from the Toro Rosso team.
    More Details Hide Details After struggling with reliability issues throughout winter testing, the season did not start much better for Vettel. At the, software issues meant Vettel qualified in twelfth position and forced him to retire from the race after just three laps. Reliability problems also forced Vettel to retire at the Monaco and Austrian Grands Prix. Vettel qualified on the front-row for the races in Malaysia, Great Britain, and Hungary, and finished on the podium in Malaysia, Canada, Singapore and Japan.
    However, as reigning World Drivers' Champion he carried number one throughout 2014.
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    For the 2014 season and beyond, drivers picked a unique car number that they will use for the remainder of their Formula One career, Vettel chose the number five.
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    Vettel is in a relationship with Hanna Prater, a childhood friend. In January 2014, Vettel became a father for the first time with the birth of his daughter, Emilie.
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  • 2013
    However, on 11 June 2013, Vettel agreed to a one-year contract extension with Red Bull until the end of the 2015 season.
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    Vettel started his fifth season with Red Bull Racing by qualifying on pole for the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, before going on to finish the race in third place, twenty-two seconds behind race winner Kimi Räikkönen.
    More Details Hide Details He took pole again for the in dominant display of wet weather driving, lapping over 2.5 seconds faster than teammate Webber. He went on to win the race, though not without controversy, after Vettel ignored team orders not to pass teammate Mark Webber. Webber emerged from the pits a fraction of a second ahead of Vettel as they went side-by-side into the first corner. Although Red Bull told both drivers that they were to finish with Webber to take the win, after two laps Vettel eventually overtook Webber for the lead with eleven laps remaining in the race. Webber was furious after the race. Team principal Christian Horner, although unhappy with Vettel's actions, pointed out that Webber had defied team orders on several previous occasions, as recently as two races ago. Horner acknowledged that the already fragile relationship between the two drivers had further broken down as a result of the incident. Vettel apologised for his actions, claiming that he had not deliberately ignored the order despite the team's insistence that he had been made perfectly aware of the instruction to maintain his position. Vettel later recanted his apology, claiming that he was not sorry for winning and that if the situation presented itself again, he would have passed Webber in spite of the order, adding that he felt Webber did not deserve to win the race.
  • 2012
    In January 2012, Vettel was honoured with the illustrious Grands Prix de l'Academie des Sports 2011 for being the "Double consecutive F1 World Champion at the age of twenty four — winner of eleven Grands Prix out of nineteen", and in the following month, he was further honoured with the highest sports award in Germany, the Silberne Lorbeerblatt – Silver Laurel Leaf – in recognition of his multiple world titles and his exemplary character.
    More Details Hide Details He was also voted F1 driver of the year in 2009, 2011 and 2013 by the F1 team principals for the annual secret poll, initiated by Autosport magazine, while being voted runner-up in 2010 and 2012. He additionally won the DHL Fastest Lap Award in 2009, 2012 and 2013. He became European Sportsperson of the Year by Pap in consecutive years (2012 and 2013) and also by UEPS in 2010. In 2014, he was named Sportsman of the year at the Laureus World Sports Award held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Red Bull Racing sponsor Infiniti released a Sebastian Vettel edition of the Infiniti FX SUV for 2012. It features increased engine power, revised bodywork and lower suspension than the standard model. key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap) key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)
    Vettel was able to lead for most of the race, despite coming under pressure from Kimi Räikkönen, and crossed the line in first place to take his first victory of the season; the result also saw Vettel go top of the drivers' standings for the first time in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details At the Spanish GP, he maintained his championship lead, albeit only on countback, after a 6th-place finish having started 7th following on from a qualifying session in which he did not set a time in Q3. Vettel received a drive-through penalty for failing to slow for yellow flags during the race as well as having to change his front wing as a result of debris from an incident involving Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna. After an eventful race at Monaco, he placed fourth, gaining 5 places from his ninth-place grid position. Vettel claimed his 2nd pole position for the season in Canada, however he dropped to 3rd after the first pitstops and then trying to go the remaining distance of the same tyres, he fell back in the closing stages and had to make a late stop for new tyres. He eventually came 4th. At the following race in Valencia, he claimed his 33rd pole position, going 3rd equal with Jim Clark and Alain Prost in the all-time list. However joy turned to despair in the race as a 20-second lead in the first 20 laps was reduced to nothing by a safety car appearance. On the first lap of the restart, his car ground to a halt, with an alternator failure being the cause. Vettel would have taken the lead in the standings- instead, he fell back to 4th behind Alonso (who won), Hamilton and Webber.
    Vettel qualified in pole position for the first time in 2012 at the.
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    Vettel remained at Red Bull for the 2012 season, and was again partnered by Mark Webber.
    More Details Hide Details He scored a second-place finish at the opening race of the season in Australia. Vettel started fifth in Malaysia, promoted from sixth after Kimi Räikkönen suffered a five-place grid penalty. Vettel spent the majority of the rain-affected race in fourth place, but picked a puncture from a collision with the HRT of Narain Karthikeyan on lap 47. He dropped to twelfth after pitting to replace the tyre, and finished eleventh after Pastor Maldonado retired late in the race with an engine failure. This was Vettel's first finish outside the points since the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix; Karthikeyan was given a 20-second post-race penalty for his part in the collision, which dropped Karthikeyan from 21st to 22nd and last. After the race, Vettel and Red Bull boss Christian Horner criticised Karthikeyan's driving, with Vettel calling Karthikeyan an "idiot", and a "cucumber". Karthikeyan hit back at Vettel, calling him a "cry-baby". Later, Karthikeyan decided to call a truce with Vettel, stating his respect for Vettel's abilities and saying "I think we have to deal with it in a mature way and forget about it." Vettel qualified eleventh for the the first time he had qualified outside the top ten since the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix, although he ran as high as 2nd with 7 laps remaining until tyre wear on a 2-stop strategy took its toll and he dropped to 5th by the flag.
  • 2011
    At the, Vettel took his fourteenth pole position of 2011 to equal the record of poles in a season set by Nigel Mansell in.
    More Details Hide Details Vettel had a good start to maintain the lead by the first corner, but at the second corner, a right rear puncture saw him go sliding off the track. He returned to the pits, but suspension damage forced his first retirement since the 2010 Korean Grand Prix. Vettel then broke the record for the most poles in a season at the next round, the season finale in Brazil. He maintained his lead into the first corner but was slowed by gearbox trouble early in the race. He allowed teammate Webber to pass him as his problem worsened, but eventually finished second ahead of Button to complete a 1–2 sweep for the team upon Webber's only victory of the year. Vettel completed the year with 15 poles, 11 victories, and 17 podiums from 19 races; he also earned a record total of 392 points in the process.
    He dominated the race with his first triple of 2011 with pole, fastest lap, and won his sixth race out of eight races.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first time in Formula One history where, in the first eight races, 1) a driver finished first in six or more races and 2) finished second or better in all 8 races. The second set of controversial mid-season changes were implemented at Silverstone, targeting the blown diffusers. Red Bull believed the changes cost them about half a second per lap. Webber just edged Vettel for pole position by .032 seconds in qualifying. On race day, Vettel made a better start, immediately took the lead and led the first half of the race. A delay at one of his pit stops allowed Alonso to pass him in the pit lane and dropped Vettel back to third, behind Hamilton. Despite a malfunctioning KERS unit, he was able to jump Hamilton in the stops and held off the faster Webber, who ignored a radio message from team principal Christian Horner to hold position, for second place, extending his lead in the championship.
  • 2010
    In Malaysia, he took his first win of the 2010 season with Webber coming in second place, having passed both him and Nico Rosberg at turn one.
    More Details Hide Details Vettel qualified on pole at China alongside Webber. At the start of the wet race Fernando Alonso jump-started and Vettel was passed by Webber, dropping back to third. The increasing rain forced Vettel and Webber to pit at the same time for intermediate tyres that wore out after only a few laps and dropped them back into the midfield. Vettel slowly climbed back up to finish sixth, ahead of Webber. In Spain, Vettel was outqualified by teammate Webber and claimed second on the grid. Despite having a major brake problem during the last eight laps, Vettel managed third place after Hamilton crashed on the penultimate lap. In Monaco Vettel was again outqualified by Webber. In the race he passed Kubica at the start and stayed there for the remainder of the Grand Prix and made it a Red Bull 1–2. After the race, the two Red Bull drivers were equal on points in the Drivers' Championship, with Webber being a championship leader based on total wins. At the he qualified third and was running second behind Webber when he made a passing move on the Australian. The two collided, putting Vettel out of the race and dropping him to fifth in the Drivers' Championship, with neither driver accepting responsibility for causing the collision. He finished fourth at the, maintaining his position in the standings. He started the in pole position and led from start to finish to score his second win of the season.
    Vettel continued with Red Bull for 2010, and took the first pole position of the season at the.
    More Details Hide Details Vettel went on to lead most of the race but a spark-plug failure meant that his lap times slowed down, and as a result the two Ferraris and the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton passed him. After a brief challenge from Rosberg he brought the car home in fourth. At the, Vettel was appointed as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association. He took his second consecutive pole position in Australia, ahead of teammate Mark Webber, but spun off when leading the race, due to a loose wheel nut.
  • 2009
    Again Vettel teamed up with Michael Schumacher for the 2009 Race of Champions, which they went on to win in a run-off against the Great Britain team of Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2010 edition, on home ground in Düsseldorf, Vettel again teamed up with Schumacher to win the fourth consecutive Nations Cup. In the Drivers' Cup, Vettel was eliminated in the semi-finals by Filipe Albuquerque, who went on to win the event. In 2011, Vettel and Schumacher completed their fifth consecutive Nations Cup win, beating the Nordic team of Tom Kristensen and Juho Hänninen 2–0 in the final. In the semi-finals, Vettel had to beat both Andy Priaulx and Jenson Button, after Schumacher lost to Button. The year after, Vettel and Schumacher won their sixth Nations Cup title by defeating the French team of Romain Grosjean and Sébastien Ogier 2–0 in the final.
    On 21 August 2009 it was announced that Red Bull and Vettel had extended his contract until the end of the season with an option for.
    More Details Hide Details The option was later taken up on 14 March 2011, as Vettel extended his contract with the team until the end of 2014. 2010
    However, as Vettel had more second fastest laps, he won the 2009 DHL Fastest Lap Award.
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  • 2008
    Vettel also competed in the 2008 Race of Champions, alongside Michael Schumacher.
    More Details Hide Details Once again they won the Nations' Cup Title after a close final against Scandinavia. In the Drivers' Cup, Vettel beat Troy Bayliss in Round One, but lost to Sébastien Loeb in the quarter-finals.
    At the age of 21 years and 287 days, Vettel became the youngest Grand Prix driver in history to win for two different teams, having won the 2008 Italian Grand Prix for the Toro Rosso team.
    More Details Hide Details In the, Vettel qualified in third, and finished second behind Jenson Button in the race. In Spain, he qualified in second but finished the race in fourth, behind his teammate Webber who finished in third. Vettel won the after claiming pole position in qualifying. At the he qualified fourth and finished second, behind Webber, who won his first Grand Prix. At the, Vettel qualified second after an eventful qualifying, but had to retire from the race on lap 30 after his car sustained damage from contact with Kimi Räikkönen's car on the first lap. At the, he qualified fourth but had to retire from the race with an engine failure. It was the second engine failure for Vettel during the weekend, and the RB5's reliability issues began to show. He finished third at Spa-Francorchamps, and struggled for pace at Monza, finishing 8th at a race he previously won. He qualified 2nd at Singapore, but was given a drive-though penalty for speeding in the pit lane and damaged the diffuser on a kerb, struggling to 4th. He subsequently won the from pole position, leading every lap and only being denied of the fastest lap by .002 seconds by teammate Mark Webber, who did so on the final lap. He would have to wait until the 2011 Indian Grand Prix until he finally achieved a Grand Slam.
    At the 2008 Italian Grand Prix, Vettel became the youngest driver in history to win a Formula One Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details Aged 21 years and 74 days, Vettel broke the record set by Fernando Alonso at the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix by 317 days when he won in wet conditions at Monza. Vettel led for the majority of the Grand Prix and crossed the finish line 12.5 seconds ahead of McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen. It was the first podium and win for his Toro Rosso team. Earlier in the weekend, he had already become the youngest polesitter, after setting the fastest times in both Q2 and Q3 qualifying stages, and his win also gave him the record of youngest podium finisher. Toro Rosso team boss Gerhard Berger said, "As he proved today, he can win races, but he's going to win world championships. He's a cool guy". Hamilton praised the German, stating that this victory showed "how good he is". The nature of the victory and the story of the 21-year-old's fledgling career led the German media to dub him "baby Schumi", although Vettel was quick to downplay the expectation the result had brought, particularly the comparison with the seven-time World Champion: "To compare me with Michael Schumacher is just a bit ridiculous... It will be difficult in normal conditions for us to repeat this achievement". He then went on to finish fifth in Singapore. In Japan, he finished sixth after being promoted from seventh after teammate Bourdais was penalised for contact with Felipe Massa.
    After four races of the 2008 season, Vettel was the only driver to have failed to finish a single race, having retired on the first lap in three of them.
    More Details Hide Details In each of these three instances, he was involved in accidents caused by other drivers, the other being an engine failure. However, at the fifth round at the, he finally saw the chequered flag, albeit finishing in 17th after qualifying 14th and suffering a puncture on the opening lap. In the next race at the, Vettel scored his first points of the season with a fifth-place finish, after qualifying 17th. He scored again at the fighting off Heikki Kovalainen in the last few laps for the final championship point, having started from pit lane. Vettel finished 12th in France, before retiring on lap one at the wet after being clipped by David Coulthard and aquaplaned into the gravel trap along with Coulthard. He earned another point at the, fending off Fernando Alonso and securing eighth after Jarno Trulli ran wide. Vettel retired in Hungary after his engine overheated during his first pit stop. He impressed many at the by setting the fastest times in the first practice session and second qualifying session, before qualifying sixth on the grid. Vettel finished the race in sixth, two seconds behind Jarno Trulli. Toro Rosso's technical director Giorgio Ascanelli explained that something changed at the European Grand Prix in Valencia: "Suddenly Vettel understood something about how to drive an F1 car quickly. It made a huge difference – not only to the speed he could unlock, but also to his ability to do so consistently."
  • 2007
    Vettel competed in the 2007 Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium, representing the German team alongside Michael Schumacher.
    More Details Hide Details Vettel and Schumacher won the Nations' Cup Title, after exciting finals. Vettel had to beat two RoC champions, Heikki Kovalainen and Marcus Grönholm, after Schumacher stalled his car. Vettel lost the individual competition however, in first heat, in his second battle against Kovalainen.
    Vettel struggled for his first couple of races while cutting his teeth with his new team, but managed two impressive drives in his 5th and 6th drives for Toro Rosso, a team that was averaging a little worse than 14th place in the 2007 season before Vettel's arrival.
    More Details Hide Details In the rain-hit at Fuji, Vettel worked his way up to third, behind Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber, and seemed to be on course for not only his but also Toro Rosso's maiden podium finish. However, Vettel crashed into Webber under safety car conditions taking them both out of the race and prompting Webber to say to ITV reporter Louise Goodman "It's kids isn't it... kids with not enough experience – you do a good job and then they fuck it all up." Webber also specifically criticized Lewis Hamilton's erratic behaviour in contributing to the accident, describing his antics behind the safety car as "shit". Vettel was initially punished with a ten-place grid penalty for the following race, but this was lifted after a spectator video on YouTube showed the incident may have been caused by Hamilton's behaviour behind the safety car. Vettel bounced back to finish a career-best fourth a week later at the having started 17th on the grid while in mixed conditions. He collected five championship points, making it both his and Toro Rosso's best race result.
    2007 On 31 July 2007, BMW released Vettel to join Red Bull's Scuderia Toro Rosso team, replacing Scott Speed as one of its drivers from the onwards.
    More Details Hide Details He earned approximately US$165,000 for finishing the season with Toro Rosso. Before the race, it was also announced that Vettel would drive for Toro Rosso in, alongside Sébastien Bourdais.
    Vettel was confirmed as BMW's test driver for 2007.
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  • 2006
    In his second testing session in the 2006 Italian Grand Prix, he set the fastest time in both Friday practice sessions, a race weekend in which all the BMW cars were quick, with his predecessor Robert Kubica finishing on the podium in the race.
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    Vettel became BMW Sauber's third driver at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix, when former incumbent Robert Kubica was called up to replace Jacques Villeneuve for the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details On his testing debut, Vettel set the fastest time in the second Friday Free Practice before the race. At the time, he became both the youngest Formula One driver to participate in a Grand Prix weekend (aged 19 years and 53 days), and also collected his first fine for exceeding the pitlane speed limit on the way to the track for the first time.
  • 2005
    In 2005 he drove for ASL Mucke Motorsport in the Formula 3 Euro Series.
    More Details Hide Details He was placed fifth in the final standings with 63 points, winning the year's top rookie honours. He tested the Williams FW27 Formula One automobile on 27 September as a reward for this Formula BMW success. He then went on to test for the BMW Sauber team. He drove for Racing Engineering in one race of the Spanish F3. 2006 became a busy year for the 18-year-old racing driver that included being promoted to test driver for Sauber in Formula One. Despite a competitive season with several victories, it did not yield any championship. Vettel finished as runner-up in his second season in the F3 Euroseries, behind series leader and team mate Paul di Resta. He also made his debut in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Misano, where he was promoted to second, after the original winner Pastor Maldonado was disqualified. At the next round at Spa-Francorchamps, however, his finger was almost sliced off by flying débris in an accident, and he was expected to be out of racing for several weeks. Nevertheless, he managed to compete in the Ultimate Masters of F3 at Zandvoort the following weekend, finishing in sixth place. He also set the third-fastest lap time, and it surprised his ASM team boss Frédéric Vasseur. Vasseur said: "I was impressed for sure, because at the beginning of the week I was sure he wouldn't race! But he showed good pace from the first practice session.
  • 2003
    Having impressed in his first season of auto racing in 2003, Vettel was given a chance by Derrick Walker to test a Reynard Motorsport Champ Car in a two-day private test at the Homestead road course.
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    In 2003, he was promoted to open-wheel cars and won the 2004 German Formula BMW Championship with 18 victories from 20 races.
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  • 2000
    He started in seventh position on the grid, finishing in eighth position to take his first World Championship point and became the youngest driver ever to score a point in Formula One (at the age of 19 years and 349 days), a record previously held by Jenson Button – who was 20 years and 67 days old when he finished sixth at the 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix.
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  • 1998
    Having shown early talent, he was accepted into the Red Bull Junior Team at age 11 in 1998, and kept on winning various titles, such as the Junior Monaco Kart Cup in 2001.
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  • 1995
    Vettel started amateur karting at the young age of 3½ and began racing in karts series in 1995, at the age of eight.
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  • 1991
    Senna won his third F1 world championship title in 1991 at age 31.
    More Details Hide Details Vettel also became the third driver to acquire three-consecutive championships, after Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. 2013
  • 1987
    Born on July 3, 1987.
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