Vettel's illustrious career
2013: Brazilian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel won Formula One's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, matching Michael Schumacher's record of 13 victories in a year and equaling the nine consecutive wins of Alberto Ascari.
Vettel, who had already wrapped up a fourth straight F1 title, was overtaken by Nico Rosberg of Mercedes at the start but regained the lead on the second lap and cruised to his second victory in Brazil, and 39th of his career.
2013: United States Grand Prix
The newly-crowned four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, won the U.S. Grand Prix in easy fashion Sunday, setting an F1 season record with his eighth straight victory behind another blistering drive that gave the field no chance to catch him.
Vettel started from the pole position he snagged from teammate Mark Webber of Australia in the finals seconds of Saturday's qualifying.
The No. 1 spot proved important. Vettel's trademark quick start got him through the critical first turn ahead of the traffic and his lead was never threatened.
2013: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
World champion Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in dominant fashion to clinch a seventh straight victory and 11th of the season. Although the German had already clinched his fourth consecutive world title at the Indian Grand Prix only a week before, he pledged there would be no let up and did not let his fans down. He bested second-place finisher Mark Webber by 30.8 seconds and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg by 33.6 seconds, and led for all 55 laps of the race.
2013: Indian Grand Prix
Starting from the pole at the Indian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth straight F1 championship after completing a vintage Vettel performance. Dominating the Buddh International Circuit, Vettel joins F1 greats Juan Miguel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as the third driver to win four consecutive championships. Vettel finished almost 30 seconds ahead of second place finisher Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean took his second straight third place.
2013: Japanese Grand Prix
With his fifth-consecutive win, Sebastain Vettel inches closer to his fourth-consecutive F1 championship, but will have to wait another race to seal the title after his nearest rival, Fernando Alonso, finished in fourth. Vettel surged into the lead on the 41st lap, leading teammate Mark Webber by 7.1 seconds, and never looked back as he took home his ninth race victory of the season.
2013: Korean Grand Prix
The safety car was present twice during the Korean Grand Prix, but otherwise, it was a fairly routine win for Vettel. The win captures his fourth-straight victory on the F1 circuit and once again displayed his racing chops, garnering 272 points in the drivers championship, 77 points ahead of the nearest driver.
2013: Singapore Grand Prix
Setting the pole in qualifying, Vettel didn’t let his lead go to waste as he added yet another start-to-finish victory to his trophy case. The win was a massive one, winning by 32.6 seconds over Fernando Alonso and boosting his championship lead from 53 points to 60 with six races remaining.
2013: Italian Grand Prix
After his Italian Grand Prix win, the F1 field had all but conceded another F1 title to Vettel. It was his sixth victory of the season and third win at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. The victory wasn’t without tension as his front right tire took some damage during turn 1 and he was forced to make a pit stop on lap 24. Second-place finisher Fernando Alonso made up some time as Vettel was sidelined, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the lead.
2013: Belgian Grand Prix
Starting in the second position behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Vettel started strong, took the lead after the first lap and never looked back. It was his fifth win on the young season and 31st of his outstanding career.
2013: German Grand Prix
Returning to his native Germany has never been kind to Vettel, but this year was different as the driver surged ahead of his Lotus counterparts to claim the victory. "It's incredible to win at home, a great relief. It's sweet to win here, but at the end it's just another race. I'm happy to take (the) win and score some points," Vettel told the Associated Press.
2013: Canadian Grand Prix
In a laugher in Canada, Vettel’s lead over the pack helped him grab his third race victory of the year. Surviving an early brush with a wall and late trouble in turn 1, he picked up another 25 points in the F1 ranking to extend his lead over Kimo Raikkonen.
2013: Bahrain Grand Prix
Vettel once again flexed his muscle as he easily dominates the Bahrain Grand Prix, beating out Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. While off the track, the race was a target for right groups and political discussion, Vettel grabbed the lead on the 17th lap after starting in the second position and never looked back.
2013: Malaysian Grand Prix
Bad blood between teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel boiled over during the Malaysian Grand Prix as Vettel brazenly disobeyed team orders and passed his teammate to claim the victory. Vettel was candid when talking about his screw up saying, “I f----- up,” and Webber had a few choice words for him over the team radion saying, “Good job, Seb. Looks like you wanted it bad enough. Still you’ve got some explaining to do.”
Again partnered with Mark Webber on Red Bull Racing, Vettel opened the season with a second place finish in Australia and his season took off from there. Finishing in the top six in every race aside from two, Vettel took home the top trophy five times including in Bahrain, Singapore, Japan, Korea, and India. During his stellar 2012 campaign, Vettel also became the third driver to acquire three-consecutive F1 championship, after Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.
The 2011 F1 season was a fruitful one for Vettel as he defended his Australian Grand Prix and Malaysian Grand Prix victories as well as adding trophies from India, Korea, Singapore, Italy, Belgium, Europe, Monaco, Spain, and Turkey to his shelf. Vettel and Red Bull Racing were once again the class of the sport as he set the pole 15 times – a new record – and winning 11 of those. All his 2011 accolades culminated in his second-straight F1 championship.
Continuing with Red Bull into 2010, Vettel was on pace to win the first two races of the season at Bahrain and Australia, but unexpected car problems hampered his rise to the podium. He claimed his first win of the year at Malaysia, but not before a crash in Turkey and engine issues in Korea caused him to retire from the race. Vettel did hit his stride, however, winning again in Abu Dhabi, Brazil, Japan, and on the Valencia Street Circuit during the European Grand Prix. Because of his outstanding effort down the stretch, Vettel secured his first ever F1 championship.
At the start of the 2009 season, Vettel was confirmed to replace David Coulthard at Red Bull Racing, but he didn’t get off to the best of starts. He was able to get past the early setbacks and claim four race wins during the year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, British Grand Prix, Chinese Grand Prix and the very soggy Japanese Grand Prix. He ended his season with similar setbacks that he began with including a crash at Monaco, a misstep on the first lap while leading in Istanbul, a collision with Kimi Raikkonen at the Hungarian Grand Prix and more.
After the first four races of the 2008 season, Vettel was the only driver to not complete a race due to crashes and engine failure. At the Italian Grand Prix, Vettel became the youngest driver in F1 history to win a race. At 21 years and 74 days, Vettel led for the majority of the Grand Prix and crossed the finish line 12.5 seconds ahead of McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen. After the conclusion of the season, Vettel was named Rookie of the year at the Autosport Awards.
Following a serious crash to BMW driver Robert Kubica, Vettel substituted for him at the United States Grand Prix. Vettel finished in the eighth position to take his first World Championship points and became the youngest drive to score a point in Formula One.
In July of 2007, BMW released Vettel and he signed on with Red Bull’s Scuderia Toro Rosso team, replacing Scott Speed. Vettel struggled in his first few races, but bounced back to take fourth in the Chinese Grand Prix later that year.
As an 18-year-old, Vettel became BMW Sauber’s third driver at the Turkish Grand Prix, finishing the Friday Free Practice with the fastest overall time. Vettel also completed the same feat later in the year at the Italian Grand Prix, finishing fastest in both Free Practices.
Claiming to have been karting at the young age of 3 1/2, Sebastian Vettel was accepted into the Red Bull Junior Team at age 11 in 1998. Vettel proved the invested worthwhile by winning the Junior Monaco Kart Cup in 2001 and was promoted to open-wheel cars,