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Sebastian Vettel (German pronunciation: [zeˈbastjan ˈfɛtəl]; born 3 July 1987) is a German racing driver, currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari. He is contracted to remain in that role until at least the end of 2017. He is a four-time Formula One World Champion, having won the championship in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 with Red Bull Racing. He is among the most successful F1 drivers of all time.He is one of only four drivers to have won four or more drivers’ titles.

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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, aged 23. In the same year he helped Red Bull win the team’s first World Constructors’ Championship. He followed up his first championship with three more titles, becoming the youngest double, triple and quadruple world champion in Formula One. The 2010 and 2012 titles were decided in the final round, in 2010 coming out on top over Fernando Alonso and Ferrari in a four-way title battle at Abu Dhabi, whilst in 2012 defeating Alonso and Ferrari again by three points. The 2011 and 2013 titles saw Vettel dominating the seasons and wrapping up the titles early.

Vettel left Red Bull Racing and ended his long-term association with the company after the 2014 season and signed a contract with Ferrari for 2015, after activating a clause to terminate his Red Bull contract early. After his winless 2014 season he returned to winning ways in his first Ferrari season, being the closest challenger to the dominant Mercedes cars and winning three races.

Vettel has held numerous other “youngest” Formula One records, among them: the youngest driver to have taken part in an official practice session of a Grand Prix (until Max Verstappen at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix), to score championship points (until Daniil Kvyat at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix), to lead a race, to secure pole positionand to win a race. With 1,896 points, he now currently holds the record with the most number of championship points in his career, surpassing rival Fernando Alonso at the 2015 Italian Grand Prix. He is also currently in fourth place among all time race winners.

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Helmet design

Vettel celebrating his 50th helmet design at the 2012 Italian Grand Prix

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.

After switching to Red Bull in 2009, Vettel started regularly using a variety of new helmet designs. Some designs were small changes to his original Red Bull design, while others are completely original designs, such as the one he used at the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix: Vettel had a special white-red helmet design, with black kanji and hiragana for “gives you wings”. Several of his helmet designs also featured his team members. At the 2012 Italian Grand Prix, Vettel celebrated his 50th helmet design with a ‘rusty’ matte look and 50 tallies, indicating his 50 helmet designs in Formula One. By the end of the 2013 Formula One season, Vettel had used 76 different helmets throughout his career. “I have a quirk” he admits.

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Vettel started his 2013 campaign with a new design in honour of Felix Baumgartner, for his world record Red Bull Stratos space jump in October 2012.

Helmet manufacturer Arai have stated Vettel ‘retires’ a helmet design after each win, although he does not need to win in order to sport a new design.

After moving to the Ferrari team, prior to the start of the 2015 season Vettel said that he will no longer change helmet designs so often and after choosing a new design, having had a Red Bull design since he was 12, will try to stick to one design for the year, which was also enforced by a FIA rule banning ‘significant’ helmet changes in-season. His new helmet design is white with the German national flag running from front to back from the middle to the viewer’s left hand side and his permanent Formula One start number 5 on the top.

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Car names

Inspired by American bomber pilots in World War II, Vettel has made it a tradition to name his cars.  Vettel invites his team members to dinner when they arrive for the first race of the season and shares what the new car will be named.“It’s important to have a close relationship with a car. Like a ship, a car should be named after a girl as it’s sexy.” The car he drove for his first full season in 2008, the Toro Rosso STR3, was named Julie, followed by Kate and Kate’s Dirty Sister (2009), Luscious Liz and Randy Mandy (2010), Kinky Kylie (2011),Abbey (2012), and Hungry Heidi (2013). Vettel’s car for 2014, the Red Bull RB10, was baptized “Suzie”. Vettel has continued this tradition in his first year with Ferrari and christened his SF15-T Eva.

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Comparison to Michael Schumacher

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”.

Vettel and Michael Schumacher both racing at the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix, where Vettel won his second world championship title

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.

After winning his first championship in 2010, and being hailed as the ‘Next Schumacher’, 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, though he would like to win more. Each driver began to dominate the sport in the season after winning the championship. They both clinched their second successive titles before the seasons were finished (unlike their previous year), and in only their fourth full seasons. Both drivers became the youngest ever double world champions at the time, by doing this.

In 2011, Pirelli’s Paul Hembery was impressed when 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. The “only other driver that asks us a lot of questions” is Michael Schumacher. Hembery “found that interesting. It is like seeing the master and the protégé at work.”

 

After Schumacher was severely injured in a skiing accident in late 2013, Vettel was on hand to collect a German Millennium-Bambi award for his life achievements, on his behalf, along with Schumacher’s long-term manager Sabine Kehm a year later. Vettel also made an emotional speech commemorating Schumacher’s achievements in the sport. The two of them had got to know each other well from racing together in Formula One and in the Race of Champions and are to date the only German Formula One title winners.

In 2014, Vettel cited Schumacher as one of his inspirations in becoming a Ferrari driver from 2015 saying; “When I was a kid, Michael Schumacher in the red car was my greatest idol and now it’s an incredible honour to finally get the chance to drive a Ferrari.” In his second race with Ferrari, Vettel became a race winner for the team. This was interestingly enough at the age of 27, exactly the same age as Schumacher winning his first race with the team. Additionally, both Schumacher and Vettel finished 3rd in the Drivers’ Championship in their debut seasons with Ferrari, scoring 3 wins each.

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Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel

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.

Honours

Vettel was named Rookie of the year at the annual Autosport Awards in 2008. In 2009, Vettel was awarded the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy, for achievements in the 2008 season. In the year 2010, he was voted German Sportspersonality of the Year (Sportler des Jahres). In the same year, he won the International Racing Driver category at the Autosport Awards for the first time, and has since won this award for three successive years (2010–2013). 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. He was also voted F1 driver of the year in 2009, 2011 and 2013by 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. In 2015, Vettel won the Driver’s Cup at the Race of Champions in London.

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Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2003 Formula BMW ADAC Eifelland Racing 19 5 5 4 12 216 2nd
2004 Formula BMW ADAC ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 20 18 14 13 20 387 1st
2005 Formula 3 Euro Series ASL Mücke Motorsport 20 0 0 1 6 63 5th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
Spanish Formula Three Championship Racing Engineering 1 0 0 0 1 8 15th
Macau Grand Prix ASM F3 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
Formula One BMW Williams F1 Team Test driver
2006 Formula 3 Euro Series ASM Formule 3 20 4 1 5 9 75 2nd
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin Motorsport 3 2 1 0 2 31 15th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 23rd
Formula One BMW Sauber F1 Team Test driver
2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin Motorsport 7 1 1 1 4 74 5th
Formula One BMW Sauber F1 Team 1 0 0 0 0 6 14th
Scuderia Toro Rosso 7 0 0 0 0
2008 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 18 1 1 0 1 35 8th
2009 Formula One Red Bull Racing 17 4 4 3 8 84 2nd
2010 Formula One Red Bull Racing 19 5 10 3 10 256 1st
2011 Formula One Red Bull Racing 19 11 15 3 17 392 1st
2012 Formula One Red Bull Racing 20 5 6 6 10 281 1st
2013 Formula One Infiniti Red Bull Racing 19 13 9 7 16 397 1st
2014 Formula One Infiniti Red Bull Racing 19 0 0 2 4 167 5th
2015 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari 19 3 1 1 13 278 3rd

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2005 ASL Mücke Motorsport Dallara F305/011 Mercedes HOC1
1
15
HOC1
2
5
PAU
1
7
PAU
2
11
SPA
1
DSQ
SPA
2
13
MON
1
18
MON
2
17
OSC
1
5
OSC
2
5
NOR
1
2
NOR
2
4
NÜR
1
11
NÜR
2
2
ZAN
1
2
ZAN
2
2
LAU
1
3
LAU
2
15
HOC2
1

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

7
NOR
1

2
NOR
2
Ret
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2
1
ZAN
1
24
ZAN
2

2
CAT
1

1
CAT
2
Ret
LMS
1
9
LMS
2
9
HOC2
1
3
HOC2
2
12
2nd 75

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2006 Carlin Motorsport ZOL
1
ZOL
2
MON
1
IST
1
IST
2
MIS
1
1
MIS
2

1
SPA
1
Ret
SPA
2
DNS
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
DON
1
DON
2
LMS
1
LMS
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
15th 31
2007 Carlin Motorsport MNZ
1
5
MNZ
2
3
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2
6
MON
1
2
HUN
1
4
HUN
2
3
SPA
1
SPA
2
DON
1
DON
2
MAG
1
MAG
2
EST
1
EST
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
5th 74

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Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2006 BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.06 BMW P86 2.4 V8 BHR MAL AUS SMR EUR ESP MON GBR CAN USA FRA GER HUN TUR
TD
ITA
TD
CHN
TD
JPN
TD
BRA
TD
 –  –
2007 BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.07 BMW P86/7 2.4 V8 AUS
TD
MAL
TD
BHR ESP MON CAN USA
8
FRA GBR EUR 14th 6
Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 HUN
16
TUR
19
ITA
18
BEL
Ret
JPN
Ret
CHN
4
BRA
Ret
2008 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2B Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BHR
Ret
ESP
Ret
TUR
17
8th 35
Toro Rosso STR3 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 MON
5
CAN
8
FRA
12
GBR
Ret
GER
8
HUN
Ret
EUR
6
BEL
5
ITA
1
SIN
5
JPN
6
CHN
9
BRA
4
2009 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB5 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS
13
MAL
15
CHN
1
BHR
2
ESP
4
MON
Ret
TUR
3
GBR
1
GER
2
HUN
Ret
EUR
Ret
BEL
3
ITA
8
SIN
4
JPN
1
BRA
4
ABU
1
2nd 84
2010 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 BHR
4
AUS
Ret
MAL
1
CHN
6
ESP
3
MON
2
TUR
Ret
CAN
4
EUR
1
GBR
7
GER
3
HUN
3
BEL
15
ITA
4
SIN
2
JPN
1
KOR
Ret
BRA
1
ABU
1
1st 256
2011 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB7 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS
1
MAL
1
CHN
2
TUR
1
ESP
1
MON
1
CAN
2
EUR
1
GBR
2
GER
4
HUN
2
BEL
1
ITA
1
SIN
1
JPN
3
KOR
1
IND
1
ABU
Ret
BRA
2
1st 392
2012 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB8 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS
2
MAL
11
CHN
5
BHR
1
ESP
6
MON
4
CAN
4
EUR
Ret
GBR
3
GER
5
HUN
4
BEL
2
ITA
22
SIN
1
JPN
1
KOR
1
IND
1
ABU
3
USA
2
BRA
6
1st 281
2013 Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB9 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS
3
MAL
1
CHN
4
BHR
1
ESP
4
MON
2
CAN
1
GBR
Ret
GER
1
HUN
3
BEL
1
ITA
1
SIN
1
KOR
1
JPN
1
IND
1
ABU
1
USA
1
BRA
1
1st 397
2014 Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB10 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
MAL
3
BHR
6
CHN
5
ESP
4
MON
Ret
CAN
3
AUT
Ret
GBR
5
GER
4
HUN
7
BEL
5
ITA
6
SIN
2
JPN
3
RUS
8
USA
7
BRA
5
ABU
8
5th 167
2015 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF15-T Ferrari 059/4 1.6 V6 t AUS
3
MAL
1
CHN
3
BHR
5
ESP
3
MON
2
CAN
5
AUT
4
GBR
3
HUN
1
BEL
12
ITA
2
SIN
1
JPN
3
RUS
2
USA
3
MEX
Ret
BRA
3
ABU
4
3rd 278

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

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Formula One records

Vettel holds the following Formula One records:

Record Achieved
Most career points 1,896 2015 Italian Grand Prix
Most championship points earned in a season 397 2013
Most podium finishes in a season 17 2012
Most starts from front row in a season 18 2011[
Most wins in a season 13 2013
Most pole positions in a season 15 2011
Most laps led in a season 739 2011
Most consecutive wins 9 2013 Belgian Grand Prix – 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix
Most consecutive Grand Slams 2 2013 Singapore Grand Prix and 2013 Korean Grand Prix
Most wins from pole position in a season 9 2011
Youngest race leader in Formula One, for at least one lap 20 years, 89 days 2007 Japanese Grand Prix (30 September 2007)
Youngest Grand Prix pole position winner 21 years, 72 days 2008 Italian Grand Prix (13 September 2008)
Youngest driver to score a podium position in Formula One 21 years, 73 days 2008 Italian Grand Prix (14 September 2008)
Youngest Grand Prix winne
Youngest driver to score a double (pole position and race win)
Youngest driver to score a triple (pole position, race win, and fastest lap) 21 years, 353 days 2009 British Grand Prix (21 June 2009)
Youngest driver to score a grand slam (pole position, win, fastest lap, and led every lap) 24 years, 119 days 2011 Indian Grand Prix (30 October 2011)
Youngest Formula One World Drivers’ Champion 23 years, 135 days 2010 season (14 November 2010)
Youngest World Drivers’ Championship runner-up 22 years, 121 days 2009 season (1 November 2009)
Shortest time elapsed before gaining a penalty 6 seconds[184] 2006 Turkish Grand Prix (25 August 2006) (6 seconds into his career, for speeding in the pit lane)

Comparison with team-mates

During the course of his Formula One career, season-by-season Vettel has beaten nearly all his team-mates in the drivers’ championship. The exception was in 2014 when Daniel Ricciardo beat him by 71 points. Over the course of his career, Vettel has outscored his team mates by 41.23% (1896 vs 1342.5).

Year Vettel’s points Team-mates’ points Team-mate(s) Team Notes
2007 1 0 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber Team-mates in one race
5 3 Vitantonio Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso Team-mates in seven races
2008 35 4 Sébastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso
2009 84 69.5 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
2010 256 242 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
2011 392 258 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
2012 281 179 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
2013 397 199 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
2014 167 238 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing
2015 278 150 Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari

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