Sebastian Vettel ([zeˈbastjan ˈfɛtəl]; born 3 July 1987[1]) is a German Formula One racing driver, currently driving for

the Austrian racing team Red Bull Racing. He is the current World Champion, having won the championship in 2010, 2011, and 2012. In his first year driving for Red Bull in 2009, Vettel finished the season as the youngest-ever World Drivers' championship runner-up. The following year he went on to become the youngest driver ever to win the World Drivers' Championship. In the same year he helped Red Bull win the team's first World Constructors' Championship. He followed up his first championship with a second in 2011, becoming the youngest double world champion. Vettel won the 2012 F1 World Championship, becoming the youngest triple champion in the history of the sport.[2] Vettel holds numerous other "youngest" Formula One records, among them: the youngest driver to have taken part in an official practice session of a Grand Prix, to score championship points, to lead a race, to secure pole position,[3] and to win a race.[4] He is also currently 3rd in the overall tally of pole positions behind fellow German, his idol and most successful Formula 1 driver ever Michael Schumacher, and 3-time world champion Ayrton Senna. In 2013 Sebastian Vettel was announced as Director of Performance for premium automotive brand Infiniti who also title sponsor the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team. Early and personal life[edit]

Vettel was born in Heppenheim,[1] then West Germany. He has one younger brother, Fabian, and two older sisters, Melanie, a horserider, and Stefanie, a physiotherapist for disabled children.[5] Vettel suggested in an interview that he was terrible at school, but he earned his Abitur with a respectable grade, however.[6] He also mentioned that his childhood heroes were "The three Michaels", who were Michael Schumacher, Michael Jordan, and Michael Jackson. He stated that he wanted to be a singer like Michael Jackson, but realised that he could not as he did not have the voice.[7] Vettel also is a fan of The Beatles, collecting several records, including Abbey Road and his favourite song being "Drive My Car". In an interview on Top Gear, Vettel stated that he was a fan of British comedy such as Little Britain and Monty Python's Life of Brian. Vettel lives in Thurgovia, Switzerland amongst other racing drivers and is a fan of German football team Eintracht Frankfurt. Vettel has described himself as competitive, private, and impatient. Vettel also appears in advertisements for Head & Shoulders. In the German version of Cars 2, Vettel was featured as a voice-over.

Junior series[edit] Vettel, during an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, said he started amateur karting at the young age of 3½. Vettel began racing in karts series in 1995, at the age of eight. Having shown early talent, he was accepted into the Red Bull Junior Team at age 11 in 1998,[8] and kept on winning various titles, such as the Junior Monaco Kart Cup in 2001. In 2003, he was promoted to open-wheel cars and won the 2004 German Formula BMW Championship with 18 victories from 20 races. In 2005 he drove for ASL Mucke Motorsport in the Formula 3 Euro Series. He was placed fifth in the final standings with 64 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.

Vettel demonstrating his Formula 3 Euro Series car in 2006 2006 became a busy year for the 18 year old racing driver. He drove his second season in the F3 Euroseries, had two guest appearances in the Renault World Series and was promoted to test driver for Sauber in Formula One. A schedule that resulted in a competitive season with several victories, but ultimately no championships.[9] Vettel finished as runner-up in the 2006 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, winning after Pastor Maldonado was disqualified.[10] 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.[11] 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. I can't imagine he's 100 per cent but at least we know we can be competitive in the next F3 Euroseries round at the Nürburgring next weekend – that's important."[12] Vettel competed in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2007, and took his first win at the Nürburgring. He was leading the championship when he was called up to Formula One permanently. His seat was taken by Michael Ammermüller. [13]

Formula One[edit]

Vettel during practice at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix

Vettel made his Formula One debut at the 2007 United States Grand Prix, driving for BMW Sauber BMW Sauber (2006–2007)[edit] 2006[edit] See also: 2006 Formula One season Vettel became BMW Sauber 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. On his testing debut, Vettel set the fastest time in the second Friday Free Practice before the race.[14] 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. 2007[edit] See also: 2007 Formula One season Vettel was confirmed as BMW's test driver for 2007.[15] Following the serious crash of regular BMW driver Kubica at the Canadian Grand Prix, Vettel substituted for him at the United States Grand Prix.[16] 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.[17] Toro Rosso (2007–2008)[edit] 2007[edit]

but managed two impressive drives in his 5th and 6th drives for Toro Rosso.[25] Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz stated his belief Vettel would be one of Formula One's big stars in the future. BMW released Vettel to join Red Bull's Scuderia Toro Rosso team."[22][23] 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. In the rain-hit Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji. having retired on the first lap in three of them. However. making it both his and Toro Rosso's best race result. and seemed to be on course for not only his but also Toro Rosso's maiden podium finish. 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." Webber also specifically criticized Lewis Hamilton's erratic behaviour in contributing to the accident.[19] Before the race.[20] alongside Sébastien Bourdais.On 31 July 2007. He collected five championship points.[24] Vettel bounced back to finish a career-best fourth a week later at the Chinese Grand Prix having started 17th on the grid while in mixed conditions. at the fifth round at the .[18] He earned approximately US$165. replacing Scott Speed as one of its drivers from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards.. describing his antics behind the safety car as 'shit'. the other being an engine failure."[26] 2008[edit] See also: 2008 Formula One season After four races of the 2008 season. he was involved in accidents caused by other drivers. Vettel was the only driver to have failed to finish a single race. "Vettel is one of the young guys with extraordinary potential [.. Vettel worked his way up to third. kids with not enough experience – you do a good job and then they fuck it all up.. a team that was averaging a little worse than 14th place in the 2007 season before Vettel's arrival.000 for finishing the season with Toro Rosso.. In each of these three instances. it was also announced that Vettel would drive for Toro Rosso in 2008.] He is fast. and he is very interested in the technical side. he is intelligent. However. behind Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber. [21] Vettel driving the Toro Rosso STR2 at the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix Vettel struggled for his first couple of races while cutting his teeth with his new team.

It was the first podium and win for his Toro Rosso team.[33] He then went on to finish fifth in Singapore."[27] Vettel driving for Toro Rosso at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix At the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. It made a huge difference – not only to the speed he could unlock.[32] Hamilton praised the German.It will be difficult in normal conditions for us to repeat this achievement". Toro Rosso team boss Gerhard Berger said.[29] Vettel led for the majority of the Grand Prix and crossed the finish line 12.. Vettel became the youngest driver in history to win a Formula One Grand Prix. he can win races. he finished sixth after being promoted from . two seconds behind Jarno Trulli. albeit finishing in 17th after qualifying 14th and suffering a puncture on the opening lap. He impressed many at the European Grand Prix by setting the fastest times in the first practice session and second qualifying session. [30] Earlier in the weekend. but also to his ability to do so consistently.[28] Aged 21 years and 74 days. Vettel retired in Hungary after his engine overheated during his first pit stop. after setting the fastest times in both Q2 and Q3 qualifying stages.[31] and his win also gave him the record of youngest podium-finisher. "As he proved today. Vettel finished 12th in France. Vettel finished the race in sixth. although Vettel was quick to downplay the expectation the result has brought. He earned another point at the German Grand Prix.. before retiring on lap one at the wet British Grand Prix after being clipped by David Coulthard and aquaplaned into the gravel trap along with Coulthard.Turkish Grand Prix. In the next race at the Monaco Grand Prix. fending off Fernando Alonso and securing eighth after Jarno Trulli ran wide. He scored again at the Canadian Grand Prix fighting off Heikki Kovalainen in the last few laps for the final championship point.5 seconds ahead of McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen. he had already become the youngest polesitter. Vettel scored his first points of the season with a fifth place finish. after qualifying 17th. He's a cool guy". he finally saw the chequered flag. before qualifying sixth on the grid. having started from pit lane. In Japan.[32] 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". particularly the comparison with the seven-time World Champion: "To compare me with Michael Schumacher is just a bit ridiculous. but he's going to win world championships. Toro Rosso's technical director Giorgio Ascanelli explained said that something changed at the European Grand Prix in Valencia: "Suddenly Vettel understood something about how to drive an F1 car quickly. stating that this victory showed "how good he is". 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.

just before the race was stopped due to adverse weather conditions. In the Brazilian Grand Prix. the Malaysian Grand Prix. and began strongly at the Australian Grand Prix. a clash with Robert Kubica over second place on the third to last lap of the race forced both to retire. He thought that he would be able to attempt this because the yellow flag resulting from his incident forbids overtaking. He spun out of the race while eighth. where he took his fourth career win At the start of the 2009 season. and finished second behind . earning Hamilton the title. After the season had finished Vettel was named Rookie of the Year at the Autosport Awards.[37] At the age of 21 years and 287 days. but eventually pulled off to the side. the first for the Red Bull Racing team. Vettel replaced the retired David Coulthard at Red Bull Racing. having won the 2008 Italian Grand Prix for the Toro Rosso team. Vettel overtook Lewis Hamilton in the rain for fifth place on the penultimate lap to contribute to a thrilling climax to the season.[35] In Malaysia he qualified in third position. Vettel qualified in third. He went on to win the race ahead of team-mate Mark Webber.seventh after team-mate Bourdais was penalised for contact with Felipe Massa. However. Vettel became the youngest Grand Prix driver in history to win for two different teams.[34] Red Bull (2009–present)[edit] 2009[edit] See also: 2009 Formula One season Vettel at the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix. and Vettel fourth place. again a first for his team. and his team was fined for instructing him to stay on track after the damage occurred. after running as high as second in the race on a 3stop strategy. qualifying third and running in second for the majority of the race.[36] However in China he went on to take pole position. He nearly deprived the McLaren driver of the championship before Timo Glock slowed dramatically on the last lap (he was struggling with dry tyres in the ever increasing rain) enabling both Vettel and Hamilton to pass him. instead he was given a tenplace grid penalty for the next race. Vettel attempted to finish the race on three wheels behind the safety car to salvage some points. In the Bahrain Grand Prix. which scored its first victory and one-two finish in the same race. but was demoted down to 13th due to his ten-place grid drop.

Vettel won the British Grand Prix after claiming pole position in qualifying. behind Webber. 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.[39] At the Hungarian Grand Prix. but was given a drivethough penalty for speeding in the pit lane and damaged the diffuser on a kerb. and struggled for pace at Monza. Vettel qualified 16th in a rain-hit session.Jenson Button in the race. leading every lap and only being denied of the fastest lap by 0. At the Brazilian Grand Prix. Vettel qualified second after an eventful qualifying. At the European Grand Prix.[38] At the German Grand Prix he qualified fourth and finished second. he finished second in the Drivers' Championship. struggling to 4th. and the RB5's reliability issues began to show. He qualified 2nd at Singapore. He also scored his third fastest lap of the year. He officially claimed second place by winning the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[41] He finished third at Spa-Francorchamps. while his teammate Webber qualified second with Adrian Sutil in third.[42] He would have to wait until the 2011 Indian Grand Prix until he finally achieved a Grand Chelem.[43] 2010[edit] See also: 2010 Formula One season . drawing him level with team-mate Webber. as a result. In Spain.[40] Vettel won the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. he qualified fourth but had to retire from the race with an engine failure. who won his first Grand Prix. He subsequently won the Japanese Grand Prix from pole position. behind his team-mate Mark Webber who finished in third.002 seconds by teammate Mark Webber. It was the second engine failure for Vettel during the weekend. giving Button the Championship and moving Vettel up into second place. behind title rival Jenson Button (14th) and Rubens Barrichello (1st). he qualified in second but finished the race in fourth. who did so on the final lap. Vettel needed to score at least second place in the race to keep his title hopes alive. again ahead of Webber with Button completing the podium. finishing 8th at a race he previously won. as Vettel had more second fastest laps. However. he won the 2009 DHL Fastest Lap Award. He finished fourth with Button behind.

In Monaco Vettel was again outqualified by Webber. both Vettel and Webber's cars were fitted with a new design of . Vettel was appointed as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association. In Spain. Vettel slowly climbed back up to finish sixth. In Malaysia. due to a loose wheel nut. 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. 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. At the start of the wet race Fernando Alonso jump-started[46] and Vettel was passed by Webber. The two collided. ahead of Webber. At the Australian Grand Prix. At the Turkish Grand Prix he qualified third and was running second behind Webber when he made a passing move on the Australian. Vettel was outqualified by team-mate Webber and claimed second on the grid. Despite having a major brake problem during the last eight laps.Vettel driving for Red Bull Racing at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix. After a brief challenge from Rosberg he brought the car home in fourth.[45] Vettel qualified on pole at China alongside Webber. but spun off when leading the race. Vettel went on to lead most of the race but a spark-plug failure meant that his lap times slowed down. Vettel won from pole position at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to take the World Drivers' Championship title. with Webber championship leader based on total wins. dropping back to third. He started the European Grand Prix in pole position and led from start to finish to score his second win of the season. with neither driver accepting responsibility for causing the collision. 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. and took the first pole position of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix. and as a result the two Ferraris and the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton passed him. After the race the two Red Bull drivers were equal on points in the drivers' championship.[44] He took his second consecutive pole position in Australia. putting Vettel out of the race and dropping him to fifth in the drivers' championship. He finished fourth at the Canadian Grand Prix. maintaining his position in the standings. ahead of team-mate Mark Webber. where he took the first pole position of the season Vettel continued with Red Bull for 2010. Vettel managed third place after Hamilton crashed on the penultimate lap. At Silverstone.

Vettel qualified second but took the lead at the first corner and led for the entire race to victory. He fought back to finish seventh while Webber took the victory. With Webber taking second place. At Monza he finished fourth after an engine problem scare. and a 7-point gap to Webber. He qualified on pole ahead of team mate Webber and went on to win with a lights-to-flag victory. He eventually finished 15th. sticking on Alonso's tail for most of the race. Vettel became the youngest Grand Prix driver to win at the same track on two occasions. he had a tough race. With the onetwo finish in Brazil. which was (other than his retirements in Australia and Turkey) was his worst finish of the season. after a poor start. but then suffered a puncture whilst passing Liuzzi at the same place. Vettel took pole and led the first 45 laps of the race before retiring with engine failure. under neutralised safety car conditions. At the Brazilian Grand Prix. Vettel and Webber secured Red Bull Racing's first Formula One World Constructors' Championship. to take the drivers' championship lead for the first time in his career and became the youngest world champion in the sport's history. He also finished third in Hungary after serving a drive-through penalty for exceeding ten lengths behind the previous car. Vettel's front wing was damaged in the third practice session. team-mate Webber. 2011[edit] See also: 2011 Formula One season . having also won the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka in 2009.002 seconds. Vettel qualified and finished second. behind the Ferraris of Alonso and Felipe Massa. At the first Korean Grand Prix.front wing.[47] Vettel qualified in pole position ahead of his team-mate. and finished in third position in the race. as it was postponed after heavy rain. and Webber's sole surviving example was removed and given to Vettel. he dominated all practice sessions bar one. causing Button to retire. He passed Button for fourth place in the championship. Vettel went into the final race of the season with a 15-point deficit to Alonso. [48][49][50] Following James Hunt in the 1976 season. hitting Button's car whilst attempting to pass. completing a whole lap with a puncture. At the German Grand Prix he took pole by 0. and at the Singapore Grand Prix. Vettel pitted and carried on. handing victory to Alonso. but suffered a puncture caused by driving wide off the track on the first lap of the race and fell to the tail of the field. Aged 23 years and 98 days. and Alonso finishing third. In Belgium. this was also only the second time in Formula One history when the World Champion had not been championship leader at any earlier point in the season. At the Japanese Grand Prix. He won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from pole again.

and his fifth win from the first six races of the season. poor tyre management haunted him in the last several laps. With a few laps remaining. Even with the limited practice. his pole position streak ended as his KERS failed him during qualifying. Vettel started his title defence in style in the Australian Grand Prix with pole position and a victory of 22 seconds over title rival Lewis Hamilton. which was his fourth consecutive victory. extending his championship lead over Hamilton to 34 points. with Hamilton chasing him down at the end on prime tyres. and Vettel having to deal with a frequently malfunctioning KERS. and when the race was restarted under the safety car.Vettel won the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. However. After the postponement of the Bahrain Grand Prix.[51] The Turkish Grand Prix started out poorly for Vettel. who was nursing home his broken McLaren. handing the lead to Button as well.[53] Vettel's win at the Monaco Grand Prix was his first win in the principality.[52] The following weekend. Vettel was able to retain the lead during the last few laps. Due to a radio malfunction. and appeared to be in dominating form for the majority of the race. and that he was sent out on the wrong tyres. Vettel was leading the race with a 5-second gap over second-placed Button. Vettel switched to a one-stop strategy. Vettel continued his title defence in the Malaysian Grand Prix. His teammate Webber took pole. but Vettel went on to win the race by 0. in the Monaco Grand Prix. At the Spanish Grand Prix. and went on to win the race from Jenson Button. The suspended race allowed teams to change tyres and work on the cars.6 seconds over Hamilton. . and stuck with one set of soft tyres for 56 laps. as his radio was broken. where he had very little practice time during the Friday free practice sessions. possibly being related to his inability to properly communicate with his team. Vettel completed his third pole position of the season at the Chinese Grand Prix. including a crash in the first session. The net result was that the pitstop was slow. but neither were able to pass him. his championship lead cut to 21 points (by Hamilton) after three races. He finished the race second. He was caught by Alonso and Button as his tyres deteriorated. the Red Bull pit crew was not prepared for Vettel when he pitted. he claimed his fifth consecutive pole position and converted it into a win. he took pole with the second fastest qualifying time in Monaco's history. where he pipped Hamilton for pole position by a tenth of a second. the race was red-flagged after Vitaly Petrov required an ambulance after an accident.

extending his lead in the championship. Button caught Vettel and began to pressure him in the last lap. It was the first time in Formula One history where. held . Vettel slid on a damp part of the track at Turn 6.[55] Webber just edged Vettel for pole position by 0. With much fresher tyres. targeting the blown diffusers. he took his sixth pole position in seven races ahead of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. He dominated the race with his first triple of 2011 with pole. yet still extended his championship lead to 60 points ahead of Button. A delay at one of his pit stops allowed Alonso to pass him in the pit lane and dropped Vettel back to third. he was quickly passed by both Hamilton and Button. Vettel took his ninth victory of the season at the Singapore Grand Prix after leading from lights to flag. Vettel kept his lead from the start of the race. as he took pole with the fastest qualifying lap in the track's history.032 seconds in qualifying. and won his sixth race out of eight races. and Button used the opportunity to slip past him to take the victory. he was able to jump Hamilton in the stops and held off the faster Webber. for second place. fastest lap. Vettel made a better start. behind Hamilton. Red Bull believed the changes cost them about half a second per lap. Despite a malfunctioning KERS unit. where he qualified third and finished fourth. as after every safety car restart. Vettel eventually finished second in the race.In Canada. McLaren's mechanical grip outclassed Red Bull in the wet in Hungary. however. leaving him within one point of his second World Championship. At the European Grand Prix. who ignored a radio message from team principal Christian Horner to hold position. and despite leading into the first corner from pole. The second set of controversial mid-season changes were implemented at Silverstone. On race day. 1) a driver finished first in six or more races and 2) finished second or better in all 8 races. and for the vast majority of the race he held on to it. in the first eight races. The record six safety car periods due to the down-pouring rain and 2-hour race suspension profoundly hurt Vettel's chances of victory.[54] The changes appeared to do little to hinder Vettel. It was believed by many in the press that this was an attempt by the FIA to thwart Vettel's domination of the season. immediately took the lead and led the first half of the race.[56] Vettel's run of fourteen successive front-row starts and eleven successive top two finishes ended at his home race. Vettel would lose the gap he had previously built up on the other drivers. the FIA began enforcing a controversial ban on engine mappings. Vettel finished second.

[63][64] At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel led every lap from pole position in Singapore.[58] He remained second after a safety car mixed conditions. Vettel qualified on pole and won the race. where with four races remaining in the season. but won the race – becoming the second driver to take at least ten wins in a season after Michael Schumacher[60] – after overtaking Lewis Hamilton on the first lap. he slipped down to third behind Alonso.[59] In Korea. In Belgium. Vettel held the lead until the second pit-stop phase. he took his tenth pole position of the year – joining Ayrton Senna as the only drivers to have taken ten pole positions in two separate seasons – and the 25th of his career. At the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Vettel arrived in Japan needing only a single championship point. This podium finish secured his second successive title with four races remaining. He helped secure Red Bull's second successive Constructors' World Championship in the process. to secure his second championship. he secured his place in history as the youngest double World Drivers' Champion. his tally of 259 points surpassed his own record (from 2010) for the highest number of championship points accumulated in a season. as well as setting the race's fastest lap on the final lap. leading every lap from pole position. He tried to fight Alonso for the position. Vettel took his fourteenth pole position of 2011 . Vettel started second. even with seven races left. In the race. making him the youngest ever double World Champion and also the youngest back-to-back Champion. who had overtaken Vettel at the start.009 seconds. Vettel extended his lead in the championship to 92 points and. Vettel at the Japanese Grand Prix. In qualifying. his seventh victory of the season and seventeenth of his career. His ninth win of the season left only Jenson Button in championship contention. who was 124 points behind with five races remaining. when Button used the undercut to get past. In victory. and recording the fastest lap of the race on the final lap. but after several unsuccessful passing attempts. despite a safety car period eliminating a 22-second lead that he had held. Vettel recorded his twelfth pole position of the season – his fifth in succession – edging Button by 0. his race engineer told him to hold position and defend his championship.[61][62] Vettel took his eleventh victory of the season in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. tenth place.[57] and eventually won the race after passing Alonso. despite Red Bull having detuned his engine in an effort not to risk the race victory. joining only eight other drivers who had won consecutive titles. but because his tyres wore out not long after that. building a healthy gap for the rest of the race.

a right rear puncture saw him go sliding off the track. calling him a "cry-baby".[65] Vettel had a good start to maintain the lead by the first corner. promoted from sixth after Kimi Räikkönen suffered a five-place grid penalty. Vettel and Red Bull boss Christian Horner criticised Karthikeyan's driving. Vettel completed the year with 15 poles. and finished eleventh after Pastor Maldonado retired late in the race with an engine equal the record of poles in a season set by Nigel Mansell in 1992. and 17 podiums from 19 races.[67] and was again partnered by Mark Webber. which dropped Karthikeyan from 21st to 22nd and last.[68] Vettel started fifth in Malaysia. Vettel remained at Red Bull for the 2012 season. but suspension damage forced his first retirement since the 2010 Korean Grand Prix. 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 spent the majority of the rain-affected race in fourth place. with Vettel calling Karthikeyan an "idiot". Karthikeyan was given a 20-second post-race penalty for his part in the collision. he also earned a record total of 392 points in the process. the season finale in Brazil.[69] and a "cucumber". Vettel then broke the record for the most poles in a season at the next round. 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. the first time he had qualified outside the top ten since the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix. This was Vettel's first finish outside the points since the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix. but picked a puncture from a collision with the HRT of Narain Karthikeyan on lap 47.[70] Karthikeyan hit back at Vettel."[71] Vettel qualified eleventh for the Chinese Grand Prix.[66] He maintained his lead into the first corner but was slowed by gearbox trouble early in the race.[71] Later. After the race. Karthikeyan decided to call a truce with Vettel. He dropped to twelfth after pitting to replace the tyre. . but at the second corner. 2012[edit] See also: 2012 Formula One season Vettel driving for Red Bull Racing at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.[72] 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. 11 victories. He scored a second place finish at the opening race of the season in Australia. He returned to the pits. He allowed teammate Webber to pass him as his problem worsened.

At the Spanish GP. albeit only on countback. In the dry race he overcame a slow start. he claimed his 33rd pole position. Then. Vettel would have taken the lead in the standings. he fell back to 4th behind Alonso (who won). at one point.instead. He eventually came 4th. with an alternator failure being the cause. however he dropped to 3rd after the first pitstops and then trying to go the remaining distance of the same tyres. despite coming under pressure from Kimi Räikkönen. . At the following race in Hungary. After the race. however. to finish 3rd behind Webber and Alonso. Vettel took his second victory of the 2012 season at the Singapore Grand Prix. he maintained his championship lead. Vettel qualified 4th after a wet session which. At the following race in Valencia. On the penultimate lap he passed Button and finished second behind Alonso. after a 6th place finish having started 7th following on from a qualifying session in which he didn't set a time in Q3. who wanted to unlap himself. After an eventful race at Monaco. he was attacked by Hamilton. lost some time. Vettel was able to lead for most of the race. gaining 5 places from his ninth-place grid position. where he dropped to 5th. his car ground to a halt. he fell back in the closing stages and had to make a late stop for new tyres. Vettel claimed his 2nd pole position for the season in Canada. but before the third pit-stop. had to be suspended for over 1 hour due to torrential rain. and was overtaken by Button after the pit-stop.Vettel took his first victory of 2012 in Bahrain Vettel qualified in pole position for the first time in 2012 at the Bahrain Grand Prix. At Silverstone. 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. Hamilton and Webber. the result also saw Vettel go top of the driver's standings for the first time in 2012. 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. and crossed the line in first place to take his first victory of the season. going 3rd equal with Jim Clark and Alain Prost in the all time list. the stewards found that Vettel was off the track when he overtook Button and so they awarded him a 20 second time penalty which dropped him back to fifth. Vettel finished 4th after starting 3rd. In Germany he started second. On the first lap of the restart. he placed fourth.

to finish the race ahead of him. Vettel was classified 22nd. having recovered to 6th with 5 laps to go. Fastest Lap and lead every lap) and coupled with Alonso retiring on the first lap. where he was knocked out in Q2 to start 10th. after setting the third fastest time in Q3. he was told to stop the car. Then. However. Vettel took the lead in the overall championship from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. At Round 13 in Italy. ending his worst run since his maiden win (which came in his 22nd race). He overtook his team mate Mark Webber. with Vettel topping all 3 practice sessions before taking pole position and leading every lap of the race to a comfortable win. he was forced to start from the pit lane. Vettel started 5th and was running 4th until he forced Fernando Alonso onto the grass. the alternator on his car failed for the second time in the weekend. He overtook Pastor Maldonado at the start. for which he received a drive-through penalty.[73] With this win. the next race was the Singapore Grand Prix. South Korean "Gangnam Style" rapper PSY waved the chequered flag as Vettel crossed the finish line. At Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix. Having ended the first lap in 12th. with championship leader Alonso coming 3rd and Hamilton winning. where Vettel qualified 3rd. and a poor start in which he had to avoid the big accident ahead of him. he fought back from a poor qualifying. crashes and changing weather . The Indian Grand Prix brought another victory. After a close eventful race full of spins. After the summer break. dropping him to 9th. which included Vettel's opening lap incident with Bruno Senna. Vettel took his 2nd career Grand Slam (Pole. who took the pole. Vettel then kept the lead until the 2 hour race limit was reached. Vettel at the US Grand Prix Abu Dhabi presented one of Vettel's most controversial qualifying sessions of the season when. he managed to finish 2nd. A fuel pump issue was later found to be the source of this problem and the ensuing penalty[74] meant Vettel was to start the race from last. making it a Redbull one-two finish. he cut the gap down to just 4 points. Vettel started the race with a 13-point cushion against title contender Fernando Alonso. On 14 October he won his third race in a row at the Korean Grand Prix. Vettel managed to fight his way back to 3rd place to complete the podium. ahead of teammate Mark Webber in 3rd – who lost his 2nd place when a KERS failure slowed him down. in the race. but as Red Bull then decided to make changes to the car. After a podium in the US Grand Prix Vettel was well set up to win the championship in the Belgian Grand Prix. before the leader Lewis Hamilton retired with a car failure. It was his first win in 10 races.

[78] He went on to win the race. before finishing 4th. though not without controversy.[77] He took pole again for the Malaysian Grand Prix in dominant display of wet weather driving. Vettel finished 6th while Alonso finished 2nd.[79] Team principal Christian Horner. Webber emerged from the pits a fraction of a second ahead of Vettel as they went side-by-side into the first corner.[75] 2013[edit] See also: 2013 Formula One season Vettel's controversial pass at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix. and at age 25 he became the youngest ever triple world champion.[76] before going on to finish the race in third place. [81] Vettel later recanted his apology. Vettel won from second on the grid in .[80] Vettel apologised for his actions. Senna won his third F1 world championship title in 1991 at age 31. pointed out that Webber had defied team orders on several previous occasions. after two laps Vettel eventually overtook Webber for the lead with eleven laps remaining in the race. resulting in Vettel winning the championship by three points. Vettel (left) overtook team-mate Mark Webber (right) despite being ordered by his team not to do so. setting fastest lap and crossing the line two tenths behind 3rd placed Lewis Hamilton. twenty-two seconds behind race winner Kimi Räikkönen. after not setting a time in Q3. lapping over 2. Vettel started his fifth season with Red Bull Racing by qualifying on pole for the 2013 Australian Grand Prix. 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.[2] beating Ayrton Senna's previous record.[2] This was Vettel's third consecutive championship. as recently as two races ago. adding that he felt Webber did not deserve to win the race. Horner acknowledged that the already fragile relationship between the two drivers had further broken down as a result of the incident. after Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. he would have passed Webber in spite of the order. Although Red Bull told both drivers that they were to finish with Webber to take the win. Vettel qualified 9th. claiming that he was not sorry for winning and that if the situation presented itself again. although unhappy with Vettel's actions.[75] Vettel also became the third driver to acquire three-consecutive championships.5 seconds faster than teammate Webber. Webber was furious after the race. after Vettel ignored team orders not to pass teammate Mark Webber.conditions.[82] In the Chinese Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel agreed a contract extension with the Red Bull team until the end of 2015. after Schumacher lost to Button.[88] Race of Champions[edit] Vettel competed in the 2007 Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium. 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. In 2011. Vettel also competed in the 2008 Race of Champions. on home ground in Düsseldorf. Again Vettel teamed up with Michael Schumacher for the 2009 RoC Nations Cup. . The year after. Once again they won the Nations' Cup Title after a close final against Scandinavia. Red Bull's advisor Helmut Marko expressed his wish to extend Vettel's contract for another two years. to 2016. Vettel had to beat two RoC champions. as Vettel extended his contract with the team until the end of 2014. Vettel and Schumacher completed their fifth consecutive Nations Cup win. but lost to Sébastien Loeb in the Quarter-Finals. Future[edit] On 21 August 2009 it was announced that Red Bull and Vettel had extended his contract until the end of the 2011 season[83] with an option for 2012. Vettel maintained the championship lead with 4th in Spain. Vettel beat Troy Bayliss in Round One. passing Nico Rosberg in the opening laps.[85] while Red Bull believes he will stay with them for as long as they supply a competitive car. The option was taken up on 14 March 2011.[89] Vettel and Schumacher won the Nations' Cup Title. with them for 2014. Vettel lost the individual competition however. after exciting finals. beating the Nordic team of Tom Kristensen and Juho Hänninen 2–0 in the final. in his second battle against Kovalainen. alongside Michael Schumacher. in first heat. representing the German team alongside Michael Schumacher. who went on to win the event. with options. In the semi-finals. after Schumacher stalled his car. In the Driver's Cup. and is rumoured to have a nonbinding pre-contract.[90] In the Driver's Cup. Vettel was eliminated in the semi-finals by Filipe Albuquerque. Vettel had to beat both Andy Priaulx and Jenson Button.[84] Vettel has mentioned he would like to at some point in his career drive for Ferrari. which they went on to win in a run-off against the Great Britain team of Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx. Vettel again teamed up with Schumacher to win the Nations Cup for the fourth time in a row.Bahrain. Heikki Kovalainen and Marcus Grönholm. In the 2010 edition. [86] Prior to the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix. and 2nd at the Monaco Grand Prix. [87] On the 11th of June 2013.

Vettel celebrated his 50th helmet design with a 'rusty' matte look and 50 tallies. he has worked with helmet designer Jens Munser. like most Red Bull-backed drivers. "New Schumacher". Sebastian Vettel started regularly using a variety of new helmet designs. while others are completely original designs. 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. his concentration and the hands-on role he plays behind the scenes with his team of engineers. After switching to Red Bull in 2009. At age eight.[94] Helmet manufacturer Arai have said that Vettel 'retires' a helmet design after each win. with black kanji and hiragana for "gives you wings". [citation needed] Comparison to Michael Schumacher[edit] Vettel's unexpected win at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix led the media to dub him the "Baby Schumi". for his world record Red Bull Stratos space jump in October 2012. Vettel’s passion for different helmet designs started at a young age. although he does not need to win in order to sport a new design. and from his early days in karting. was heavily influenced by the energy drink company logo. in honour of the region of his birthplace. on his helmet. Some designs were small changes to his original Red Bull design. Several of his helmet designs also featured his team members. but also because of his driving style.Helmet design[edit] Vettel celebrating his 50th helmet design at the 2012 Italian Grand Prix. Vettel wanted the crab from The Little Mermaid. Heppenheim. who was also called Sebastian. unlike Schumacher. names . indicating his 50 helmet designs.[92] At the 2012 Italian Grand Prix.[91] Vettel's original helmet. in Formula One. One difference is that Vettel. . such as the one he used at the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix: Vettel had a special whitered helmet design. but Vettel played down the comparison stating he wanted to be the "New Vettel".[93] Vettel started his 2013 campaign with a new design in honour of Felix Baumgartner. just underneath the visor.[95] He was not just dubbed this for his nationality.

[99] After winning his first championship in 2010. and being hailed as the 'Next Schumacher'. Vettel began driving in his garden lapping the garden many times. and said his passion for cars was nurtured by watching Schumacher compete.[98] Vettel and Michael Schumacher both competed in the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix. by doing this. In 2011. It is like seeing the master and the protégé at work. not far from the Nürburgring. Vettel grew up in a small town with an everyday background—Schumacher's father a bricklayer and Vettel's a carpenter.[97] and Hungry Heidi (2013). Kate's Dirty Sister (2009). where Vettel won his second world championship title."[101] Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel version[edit] In early 2011. Like Schumacher. not even stopping to eat or shower. and as a result of six months of intense research and development.[96] Abbey (2012). The "only other driver that asks us a lot of questions" is Michael Schumacher. Vettel. On 10 October 2011.[100] It was in their next season that the two drivers began to dominate the sport. Infiniti confirmed that the FX . Hemberey "found that interesting. Pirelli's Paul Hembery was impressed when Sebastian Vettel was the only driver to take the time to visit the factory and talk to the tyre manufacturer to gain a better insight and improve their racing. Vettel has stated he did not want to aim for Schumacher's record after learning how hard it was to get one championship under his belt. Red Bull Racing's sponsor and partner Infiniti entered into discussions with Vettel regarding the possibility of a Formula One-inspired Infiniti FX. expressed his interest in the performance capabilities of the FX platform. Both drivers became the youngest ever double World Champion at the time. Nevertheless. Kinky Kylie (2011). both clinching their second successive title before the season was finished (unlike the previous year) in only their fourth full season. though he would like to win more. the similarities are marked. Both had their first taste of racing at the Kerpen karting track near Cologne. before he could legally take to the roads.his cars: Julie (2008). Kate. Luscious Liz. Randy Mandy (2010). who already owns his own FX50. the 2012 Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Version Concept was officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 13 September 2011.

he was further honoured with the highest sports award in Germany.winner of eleven Grands Prix out of nineteen". Sebastian Vettel was awarded the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy. In 2010.[102] Honours[edit] In 2009. 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 . and has since won this award for three successive years. In January 2012. for achievements in the 2008 season.[103] Racing record[edit] Career summary[edit] Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/LapsPodiums Position 2003 Formula BMW ADAC 12 216 2nd 2004 Formula BMW ADAC 13 20 387 1st 2005 Formula 3 Euro Series 1 6 57 5th Masters of Formula 3 1 Eifelland Racing 19 5 Points 5 18 0 11th 0 N/A 0 3rd 4 14 0 ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 20 ASL Mücke Motorsport 0 0 0 0 20 N/A Spanish Formula Three Championship Racing Engineering 1 0 1 8 15th Macau Grand Prix ASM F3 1 0 0 0 1 Formula One BMW Sauber F1 Team 2006 Formula 3 Euro Series 9 75 2nd Macau Grand Prix 1 0 Test driver 20 N/A 4 23rd 1 5 ASM Formule 3 0 0 0 .Sebastian Vettel version would go into production. he won the International Racing Driver category at the annual Autosport Awards. the Silberne Lorbeerblatt – Silver Laurel Leaf – in recognition of his multiple world titles and his exemplary character. and in the following month. In the same year. he was voted German Sportspersonality of the Year (Sportler des Jahres).

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit] (key) (Races in bold indicate pole position.5 Series 2 28 15th Masters of Formula 3 0 N/A 6th Carlin Motorsport 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 ASL Mücke Motorsport Test driver Formula One BMW Sauber F1 Team 2007 Formula Renault 3.Formula Renault 3. races in italics indicate fastest lap) Year Entrant 6 7 17 18 Chassis 8 9 19 20 Engine 1 10 11 12 DC Points Dallara F305/011 2 13 3 14 4 15 HOC1 5 16 2005 ASL Mücke Motorsport 1 15 HOC1 Mercedes .5 Series 1 4 74 5th Formula One BMW Sauber F1 Team 14th Scuderia Toro Rosso 7 0 Carlin Motorsport 1 0 0 0 18 4 5 11 5 7 0 0 1 4 10 15 6 3 7 0 1 0 1 6 2008 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 35 8th 2009 Formula One Red Bull Racing 2nd 2010 Formula One Red Bull Racing 1st 2011 Formula One Red Bull Racing 1st 2012 Formula One Red Bull Racing 1st 17 19 19 20 1 3 3 3 6 3 0 8 10 17 10 3 1 84 256 392 281 5 2013 Formula One Infiniti Red Bull Racing 132* 1st* * Season in progress.

2 5 1 7 2 11 1 DSQ 2 13 1 18 2 17 1 5 2 5 1 2 2 4 1 11 2 2 ZAN NÜR NÜR NOR NOR OSC OSC MON MON SPA SPA PAU PAU .

1 2 2 2 1 3 2 15 1 13 2 3 5th 57 Dallara F305/059 Mercedes HOC1 HOC2 HOC2 LAU LAU ZAN 2006 ASM Formule 3 1 5 2 1 1 3 2 6 1 5 2 14 1 BRH OSC OSC LAU LAU HOC1 .

2 2 7 1 2 2 Ret 1 1 2 1 1 24 2 2 1 1 2 Ret 1 9 2 9 1 3 2 BRH NOR NOR NÜR NÜR ZAN ZAN CAT CAT LMS LMS HOC2 HOC2 .

12 2nd 75 Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit] (key) (Races in bold indicate pole position. races in italics indicate fastest lap) Year Entrant 10 11 1 12 2 13 ZOL 3 14 4 15 5 16 6 17 7 DC 8 9 Points 2006 Carlin Motorsport 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 Ret 2 DNS 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 NÜR NÜR DON DON LMS LMS CAT CAT 15th 28 SPA SPA MIS ZOL MON IST IST MIS .

2007 Carlin Motorsport 1 5 2 3 1 1 2 6 1 2 1 4 2 3 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 SPA SPA DON DON MAG MAG EST EST CAT CAT 5th 74 HUN HUN MON NÜR NÜR MNZ MNZ Complete Formula One results[edit] .

Races in italics indicate fastest lap) Year Entrant 6 7 17 18 Chassis 8 9 19 20 Engine 1 10 11 12 WDC Points 2 13 3 14 4 15 5 16 BHR GER 2006 BMW Sauber F1 Team MAL AUS SMR EUR HUN TUR TD TD TD TD TD ITA CHN JPN BRA – – BMW Sauber F1.4 V8 AUS USA Scuderia Toro Rosso 16 19 18 Ret Ret 4 Ret TUR ITA BEL JPN CHN BRA Toro Rosso STR2 Ferrari 056 2.07 BMW P86/7 2.(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position.4 V8 HUN 2008 Scuderia Toro Rosso Ret MAL Toro Rosso STR2B Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 ESP MON GBR CAN USA FRA 2007 BMW Sauber F1 Team TD TD 8 MAL BHR FRA ESP GBR MON CAN EUR 14th 6 BMW Sauber F1.06 BMW P86 2.4 V8 AUS .

Ret Ret Ret 17 BHR ESP TUR 8th 35 MON Toro Rosso STR3 5 8 12 Ret 8 Ret 6 5 1 5 6 9 4 CAN FRA GBR GER HUN EUR BEL ITA SIN JPN CHN BRA Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 2009 Red Bull Racing 13† 15† 1 2 4 Ret 3 MAL CHN BHR ESP MON TUR GBR Red Bull RB5 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS .

4 V8 .1 2 Ret Ret 3 8 4 1 4 1 GER HUN EUR BEL ITA SIN JPN BRA ABU 2nd 84 BHR 2010 Red Bull Racing 4 Ret 1 6 3 2 Ret 4 1 7 3 3 15 4 2 AUS MAL CHN ESP MON TUR CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27 2.

1 Ret 1 1 KOR BRA ABU 1st 256 Red Bull RB7 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS 2011 Red Bull Racing 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 4 2 1 1 1 3 1 1 Ret 2 MAL CHN TUR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU BRA 1st 392 2012 Red Bull Racing 2 MAL Red Bull RB8 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS .

11 5 1 6 4 4 Ret 3 5 4 2 22† 1 1 1 1 3 2 6 CHN BHR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU USA BRA 1st 281 Red Bull RB9 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS 2013 Infiniti Red Bull Racing 3 1 4 1 4 2 MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN .

53 days Youngest driver to drive at a Grand Prix meeting[105] 2006 Turkish Grand Prix (25 August 2006) Youngest driver to set fastest time in an official Grand Prix session[106] . † Did not finish. but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.1 GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU USA BRA 1st* GBR 132* * Season in progress. Formula One records[edit] Vettel holds the following Formula One records: Record Achieved 2011 Most championship points earned in a season[104] 392 Most starts from front row in a season 18 Most pole positions in a season 15 Most laps led in a season 739 2011 9 2011 2011 Most wins from pole position in a season 2011[N 1] 19 years.

race win. for at least one lap[108] days 2007 Japanese Grand Prix (30 September 2007) Youngest Grand Prix pole position winner[107] Italian Grand Prix (13 September 2008) 20 years. for speeding in the pit lane)[110] Footnotes ^ Record shared with Nigel Mansell although Mansell did so with fewer total races in the season (1992). 89 21 years. . 349 days 2007 United States Grand Prix (17 June 2007) Youngest race leader in Formula One. 135 days 22 years. and led every lap) 24 years. 353 days 2009 British Grand Prix (21 June 2009) Youngest driver to score a grand slam (pole position. 72 days 2008 Youngest driver to score a podium position in Formula One[109] 21 years. win. 121 days Shortest time elapsed before gaining a penalty 6 seconds 2006 Turkish Grand Prix (25 August 2006) (6 seconds into his career. 119 days 2011 Indian Grand Prix (30 October 2011) Youngest Formula One World Drivers' Champion[107] 2010 season (14 November 2010) Youngest World Drivers' Championship runner-up[108] 2009 season (1 November 2009) 23 years. fastest lap. 73 days 2008 Italian Grand Prix (14 September 2008) Youngest Grand Prix winner[107] Youngest driver to score a double (pole position and race win) Youngest driver to score a triple (pole position.Youngest driver to score points in Formula One[107]19 years. and fastest lap) 21 years.

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