The Red Bull team has a chance to win the Formula 1 constructors’ world championship once more, and Max Verstappen of the Netherlands has a shot at winning the drivers’ world championship.
However, the Austrians already know what it is like to taste the sweetness of success in the Grand Circus.
They obtained that winning gene at the beginning of the previous decade with the combination of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Despite this, the Austrians have yet to win the Grand Prix.
The first of them was the one who ended up winning all of the individual titles, even though his leadership was not as clear at the beginning of the competition.
In this new article for Motorbli, we will talk about him as a biography and recognize everything he has accomplished so far in the most prestigious competition in motorsport.
After this brief introduction, we will now examine the beginnings of Vettel’s career in this industry, including his time spent racing in other categories before F1, as well as his time spent competing in F1, to put into perspective the figure of one of the protagonists of the hybrid era, which is nearing its conclusion.
Sebastian Vettel was born on July 3, 1987, in the mountain community of Heppenheim, in the German state of Hesse.
When he was only three years old, his father Norbert, a professional kart racer who combined it with carpentry, gave him a kart.
His father, Norbert, was an experienced kart racer and combined it with carpentry. After waiting another five years, he eventually started participating in official competitions.
Until the age of 16, when he completed this training phase, he was the driver of these machines and won many championships during his time behind the wheel.
After winning five races, the next step that could not be avoided was the transition to single-seaters.
He quickly adapted to this new environment, finishing second place in the German Formula BMW competition at that track.
The year after that, he was victorious to such an extent that he was crowned champion.
He won 18 of the 20 races that were competed in, and he never finished lower than third place in any of them.
Due to the astounding performance that Vettel has displayed, the German manufacturer can sign him to a contract and give him a test drive in the Williams BMW FW27 Formula 1 car the following year.
During the 2005 Formula 3 Euroseries, he faced off against Lewis Hamilton and competed against him.
During that season, he finished fifth, while Hamilton won the championship for the series.
The following year’s iteration of the competition was much more successful for the German, as he finished in second place, losing out to the British driver Paul Di Resta.
In that same year (2006), he combined it with the World Series, during which he experienced an almost dramatic moment.
Over 19 years, he competed in the F3 and World Series.
This fact has been brought up before. In the latter, he competed in a few appointments, making his debut in the fourth, which was held in Misano (Italy), and winning also following the disqualification of the Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado.
Before the race at the Spa-Francorchamps track, he won two races while competing for the Carlin Motorsport team. After that, everything changed dramatically.
Because of the accident that he was involved in at the Raidillon curve, he sustained a cut on his index finger from a tire. This accident involved several other drivers.
That terrible accident ended his participation in the World Series, and if it hadn’t been for some stroke of good fortune and the skill of the medical staff, it might have put an end to his entire athletic career as well.
Because of how well he did in the Formula 3 Euroseries, he was allowed to drive a BMW Sauber during the free practice sessions of the most recent five Formula 1 Grand Prix.
In addition, he was noticed by Red Bull, which led to him being recruited for the company’s young driver academy.
On the other hand, his first race in Formula One would be for the Swiss team.
Because of the terrifying crash that Poland’s Robert Kubica endured at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel made his F1 debut with Sauber in the next race, which took place in Indianapolis, in the United States.
Even though he began his time with the team while also competing in the World Series, he was promoted to the position of the third driver for the team.
After a solid race, he earned his first point in Formula One and became the youngest person ever to do so at the age of 19 years and 349 days old.
He made the point by finishing in eighth place thanks to his strong performance. He was seventh on the grid when the race began and fell only one spot.
However, Red Bull desired Vettel to finish the season with them, and BMW Sauber agreed to this request because Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica were performing so well then.
For the remainder of the season, the German driver took over for the American Scott Speed.
In addition, it was announced that he would be the official driver for the team based in Faenza for the 2008 racing season.
Soon after, he finished in fourth place at the Chinese Grand Prix, proving that Red Bull advisor and former driver Helmut Marko had made the correct decision.
Even though he had a very rough start to the World Championship, with four retirements in the first four rounds, his position was unquestionably strengthened by competing in the World Championship for a second year.
After having to start from 19th place because of a penalty for replacing the gearbox, he finally saw the light at the Monaco Grand Prix and finished in a respectable fifth place.
He would score again in Canada with an eighth-place finish, earning him one point, the same result as in his home race, with which he celebrated his announcement as Red Bull’s first-team driver for 2009.
He would score again in Canada with an eighth-place finish, earning him an eighth consecutive point. David Coulthard, a Scotsman, announced that he would retire, and the main structure put their faith in him.
A piece of information that did wonders for Sebastian Vettel’s self-assurance, as he has scored in every race since then, except Hungary (where he dropped out) and China (ninth).
But the highlight of his career was undoubtedly winning the Italian Grand Prix on a Sunday in September at Monza in the pouring rain.
He won the starting position and went on to finish the race with a level of dominance from the beginning to the end that did not befit his age of 21.
With this accomplishment, he surpassed the precocity record set by Fernando Alonso in 2003, when he won the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring.
He finished in eighth place in the championship with a total of 35 points, which was the best business card he could have had to move up to the unattainable Red Bull team.
The race’s finish left him with a pleasant taste in his mouth, a foretaste of what would come in the following race stages.
Despite this, he again got off to a rough start to the season by retiring from the first race in Australia and the second in Sepang. Both of these races took place in Malaysia.
However, he finally ended his losing streak with his first victory in China. A second-place finish followed this in Bahrain and a fourth-place finish in Monaco before he had to retire.
Despite this, he finished in second place behind Jenson Button’s Brawn GP, which had four victories.
That year, 2009, was a year of education for him, and it will serve him well in the future.
Indeed, it did, as evidenced by the fact that he enjoyed nothing but success in the four years that followed. Not without sacrifice, however, as “that first 2010 crown was surrounded by tension both in and out of the box” (inside and outside the box).
Mark Webber also wanted to take advantage of the consolidation of the team as a candidate for everything, and the ambition of both contenders led to controversy, such as that accident in Istanbul that ruined a clear double for the team of the energy drink.
As if that were not enough, Fernando Alonso had returned to fight for victories under the control of his Ferrari, and Lewis Hamilton wanted to expand both his record and that of McLaren.
Both drivers were competing in the 2017 Formula One season.
The competition that year was so intense that four drivers entered the race in Abu Dhabi, still in contention for the championship: Alonso, who was leading the tournament at the time, and Vettel, Webber, and Hamilton, who was a little further back.
Even though he never held the lead in the championship at any point, Vettel was a big surprise after he won and capitalized on the understated performances of his teammate and the Spaniard to get his first crown and become the youngest champion ever.
At 23 years, four months, and seven days, he beat a record of Alonso’s precocity as the winner of the world again after it had been in effect for five years.
The year after, he was unbeatable, winning eleven races, finishing on the podium sixteen times, and only retiring once—all at the same track—Abu Dhabi—where he had won glory the year before.
The tricampeonato was much more challenging to win because the main competitors (Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes…) grew exponentially, particularly the Prancing Horse, with Alonso displaying a high-performance level.
He had to wait until the final race to clinch the championship, and it was during that race he got into an accident with Bruno Senna, which caused him to finish in last place.
Because of that incident, he had to work his way back up to the sixth place, which rendered the Spaniard’s podium finish meaningless.
The year 2013 was very similar to 2011 for Vettel, as he once again demonstrated absolute authority by winning 13 races, even though he got off to a difficult start by finishing third in Australia, fourth in China, and fifth in Spain.
Red Bull could not retain either the constructors’ or drivers’ scepters after introducing hybrid technology in 2014.
In addition, a young, driven Daniel Ricciardo arrived in their pit box after fellow countryman Mark Webber withdrew from the race.
Webber’s withdrawal left the team without a driver.
While his new teammate was successful, both once and multiple times, he did not win a single race during their time together.
He finished in fifth place, which was a significant drop from his performance in recent years.
After all this, he decided to move away from the home where he had spent some of his happiest times to become a member of the most illustrious team: Ferrari.
Dressed in red, he went back to winning races, and he did so quickly, as, in the second appointment of 2015 in Sepang, he started the record of victories he would go on to have.
That training session in Maranello ended with three wins and thirteen podium finishes, but it was a long way from the title duel between Hamilton and Rosberg.
The following year, in which he finished fourth and was winless for an extended period, there was even further distance, if that was possible.
The excellent opportunity to win the pentacampeonato presented itself in 2017 and 2018 when he competed in a faster single-seater, which allowed him to return to the podium’s top step on multiple occasions throughout that biennium.
He will never forget the error he made in Hockenheim when he led the race and the world championship by himself.
That error cost him the lead and, as a result of what happened in the subsequent appointments, the crown that he had longed for.
He will never forget it. His most notable accomplishments while competing for Italy were his two second-place finishes in various competitions.
Since in 2019 he only won in Singapore, in what was his last victory with Ferrari, and since in 2020 he could do nothing with the drop in engine performance suffered by the Italian single-seater, the next two years alongside Charles Leclerc were more subdued.
During that period, he was no longer considered one of the top contenders and was passed by the younger Monegasque.
Vettel decided to leave Ferrari after receiving a shallow renewal offer from the team, which was more of an invitation to go.
He then signed with Aston Martin (previously Racing Point and Force India) to race for the team beginning in 2021.
The four-time champion has demonstrated in this short time that he has not forgotten how to compete, as evidenced by the fact that he finished on the podium in both Azerbaijan (coming in second) and Hungary (coming in first).
However, the latter was stripped from him after the race in Hungary because he registered a lower weight than was allowed.
Aside from that, he is currently in first place among drivers with 104 total overtakes, which is the same number as Fernando Alonso.
It remains to be seen whether or not Vettel will be as competitive as he has been in the past in 2022 when there will be a significant change in the regulations.
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