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Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel 2017 Malaysia 2.jpg
Born (1987-07-03) 3 July 1987 (age 33)
Heppenheim, West Germany
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality German
2020 teamFerrari[1]
Car number5
Entries246 (245 starts)
Championships4 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Wins53
Podiums120
Career points2995
Pole positions57
Fastest laps38
First entry2007 United States Grand Prix
First win2008 Italian Grand Prix
Last win2019 Singapore Grand Prix
Last entry70th Anniversary Grand Prix
2019 position5th (240 pts)
SignatureTanda Tangan Sebastian Vettel.svg

Sebastian Vettel (German pronunciation: [zeˈbasti̯an ˈfɛtl̩]; born 3 July 1987)[2] is a German racing driver who races in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari. He is a four-time Formula One World Champion, having won consecutive titles from 2010 to 2013 with Red Bull Racing, and is regarded by many as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport.[3] In addition to holding a number of 'youngest' records in Formula One, Vettel holds the record for the most consecutive race wins (9), as well as accumulating the third most race victories (53), podium finishes (120) and the fourth most pole positions (57).[4][5][6][7]

Vettel started his Formula One career as a test driver for BMW Sauber in 2006 and made his racing debut with the team at the 2007 United States Grand Prix, replacing the injured Robert Kubica. Already part of the Red Bull programme, he joined Toro Rosso later in the season, and was kept as a driver for 2008. In his first full season in Formula One, he became the then-youngest pole-sitter and race winner at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. Vettel was promoted to Red Bull for the 2009 season, and became the youngest driver in history to win the World Drivers' Championship in 2010. Three more titles in succession followed; Vettel won the 2010 and 2012 titles in the final round, while he dominated in 2011 and 2013. He left the team at the end of 2014 and signed with Ferrari.

Vettel was the closest challenger to the Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in 2017 and 2018 but finished both seasons as runner-up. His contract with Ferrari was not extended beyond the end of 2020.

Early and personal life

Vettel was born on 3 July 1987 in Heppenheim, West Germany,[2] to Norbert and Heike Vettel. He has one younger brother, Fabian, a racing driver, and two older sisters: Melanie, a dental technician, and Stefanie, a physiotherapist for disabled children.[8] Vettel suggested in an interview that he was "terrible" at school, but he passed his Abitur at Heppenheim's Starkenburg-Gymnasium [de] with a respectable grade.[9][10] His childhood heroes were "The three Michaels" – Michael Schumacher, Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson. He mentioned that he wanted to be a singer like Jackson, but realised that he did not have the voice.[11] Vettel is also 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, he stated that he is 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.[12] Vettel has described himself as competitive, private, and impatient. He also appeared in advertisements for Head & Shoulders and provided the voice of character Sebastian Schnell in the German version of the movie Cars 2.

Vettel married childhood friend Hanna Prater at a private ceremony in early 2019.[13] He has three children with his wife: Emilie, born in January 2014;[14][15] Matilda, born in September 2015; and a son, born in November 2019.[16] In 2016, Forbes estimated that his annual income was $41 million.[17] Kimi Räikkönen, his teammate from 2015 to 2018, is a close friend.[18] Besides his native German, Vettel speaks English, French and Italian.[19]

Early career

Vettel began karting at the age of three, and began racing in karts series in 1995 at the age of eight. He was accepted into the Red Bull Junior Team in 1998,[20] and won various titles, such as the Junior Monaco Kart Cup in 2001. Vettel was promoted to open-wheel cars in 2003, and was given a chance by Derrick Walker to test a Reynard Motorsport Champ Car in a two-day private test at the Homestead road course.[21] A year later, he won the 2004 Formula BMW ADAC championship with 18 victories from 20 races.

Vettel drove for ASL Mücke Motorsport in the 2005 Formula 3 Euro Series. He was placed fifth in the final standings with 63 points, and won the Rookie Cup. He tested for the Williams Formula One team later that year as a reward for his Formula BMW success. Vettel then went on to test for the BMW Sauber Formula One team.[22][23]

Vettel driving at a F3 Euroseries demonstration event in 2006

Vettel was promoted to test driver for BMW Sauber in 2006, and participated in the 2006 Formula 3 Euro Series, finishing as runner-up.[24] He also competed in the 2006 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, where he finished first and second at Misano in his first two races. In the next round at Spa-Francorchamps, his finger was almost sliced off by flying debris following an accident, and he was expected to be out for several weeks.[25] Nevertheless, he managed to compete in the 2006 Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort the following weekend, where he finished in sixth place.

Vettel competed in the 2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, and took his first win at the Nürburgring. He led the championship when he was called up permanently by the BMW Sauber Formula One team.[26]

Formula One career

Vettel on his race debut at the 2007 United States Grand Prix

BMW Sauber

2006–2007: Test driver and debut

Vettel became BMW Sauber's third driver at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix, when former incumbent Robert Kubica replaced Jacques Villeneuve as second driver for the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.[27] On his testing debut, Vettel set the fastest time in the second Friday free practice.[28] Vettel became the then-youngest Formula One driver to participate in a Grand Prix weekend at 19 years and 53 days.[29] He also set a record for collecting his first fine in nine seconds into his career, as Vettel exceeded the pitlane speed limit on the way to the track.[30] In his second testing session at the 2006 Italian Grand Prix, he set the fastest time in both Friday practice sessions.[31]

Vettel was confirmed as BMW's test driver for 2007. Following Kubica's crash at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, Vettel was named his replacement at the 2007 United States Grand Prix.[32] He started in seventh position and finished in eighth to become the then-youngest driver to score a point in Formula One.[33]

Toro Rosso

2007–2008: Youngest polesitter and first race win

Vettel driving for Toro Rosso at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix

BMW released him in July 2007 to join Red Bull's Scuderia Toro Rosso, replacing Scott Speed from the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix onwards, as Vettel was already under contract to Red Bull Racing.[34] It was also announced that he would drive for Toro Rosso in 2008 alongside Sébastien Bourdais.[35]

In the rain-affected Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji, Vettel worked his way up to third, behind Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber, and seemed to be on course for his and the team's maiden podium finish. However, Vettel crashed into Webber under safety car conditions, forcing both cars to retire. Webber said after the race: "It's kids isn't it. Kids with not enough experience – you do a good job and then they fuck it all up".[36] 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.[37]

Vettel finished a career-best fourth a week later at the Chinese Grand Prix, having started 17th on the grid while in mixed conditions.[38][39] He was tipped by Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz as one of the sport's big future stars: "Vettel is one of the young guys with extraordinary potential [...] He is fast, he is intelligent, and he is very interested in the technical side."[40]

After four races of the 2008 season, Vettel was the only driver to have failed to finish a single race, having retired on the first lap in three of them. At the Monaco Grand Prix, Vettel scored his first points of the season with a fifth-place finish, after qualifying 17th. Toro Rosso's technical director Giorgio Ascanelli explained that something changed at the European Grand Prix in Valencia: "Suddenly Vettel understood something about how to drive an F1 car quickly. It made a huge difference – not only to the speed he could unlock, but also to his ability to do so consistently."[41]

At the wet Italian Grand Prix, Vettel became the youngest driver in history to win a Formula One Grand Prix, aged 21 years and 74 days.[42] He led for the majority of the Grand Prix and crossed the finish line 12.5 seconds ahead of McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen.[43] It would also be Toro Rosso's only win.[44] Earlier in the weekend, he had already become the youngest pole-sitter.[45] Toro Rosso team boss Gerhard Berger said: "As he proved today, he can win races, but he's going to win World Championships. He's a cool guy".[46] His victory led the German media to dub him "Baby Schumi".[47]

Vettel was named 2008 Rookie of the Year at the Autosport Awards.[48]

Red Bull

2009–2010: Championship runner-up and youngest world champion

Vettel after winning the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix
Vettel driving for Red Bull Racing at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix, where he took the first pole position of the season

At the start of the 2009 season, Vettel replaced the retired David Coulthard at Red Bull Racing. He began strongly at the Australian Grand Prix, running in second for the majority of the race. However, a clash with Robert Kubica over second place in the latter stages forced both to retire.[49] He went on to take pole position and the race win at Chinese Grand Prix; Red Bull Racing's maiden pole and win. At the age of 21 years and 287 days, Vettel became the youngest Grand Prix driver in history to win for two different teams.

Further wins followed in Great Britain, Japan and Abu Dhabi.[50] He won the Japanese Grand Prix from pole position, leading every lap.[51] Vettel won the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the first ever day-night race, to finish second in the World Drivers' Championship standings behind Jenson Button.[52] He also scored his third fastest lap of the year, drawing him level with teammate Mark Webber. However, as Vettel had more second fastest laps, he won the 2009 DHL Fastest Lap Award.[53]

Vettel took the first pole position of the 2010 season at the Bahrain Grand Prix.[54] He led most of the race but as a result of a spark plug failure, Vettel finished in fourth place.[55] At the Australian Grand Prix, Vettel was appointed as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association.[56] He took his first win of the season in Malaysia.[57]

In Monaco, Vettel made it a Red Bull 1–2 with him second and Webber first. Both were equal on points in the standings, with Webber first based on total wins.[58] At the Turkish Grand Prix, Vettel was running second behind Webber when he made a passing move on his teammate. The two collided, putting Vettel out of the race, with neither driver accepting responsibility for the collision.[59]

At the British Grand Prix, both Vettel and Webber's cars were fitted with a new front wing design. Vettel's wing was damaged in the third practice session, and Webber's sole surviving example was removed and given to his teammate.[60] Vettel qualified in first place, but suffered a puncture. He finished seventh while Webber took the victory. In Japan, he qualified on pole ahead of Webber and went on to win with a lights-to-flag victory. Aged 23 years and 98 days, Vettel became the youngest Grand Prix driver to win at the same track on two occasions.[21] At the inaugural Korean Grand Prix, Vettel led the first 45 laps before retiring with engine failure, handing victory to championship rival Fernando Alonso.[61]

With the 1–2 finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Vettel and Webber secured Red Bull Racing's first World Constructors' Championship.[62] Vettel went into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi with a 15-point deficit to Alonso and a 7-point gap to Webber.[63] He won the Grand Prix from pole to become the youngest World Drivers' Champion in the sport's history, as Alonso only finished in seventh place.[64] Following John Surtees in the 1964 season and James Hunt in 1976, this was the third time in Formula One history that the title winner had not topped the championship table until after the last race.[65]

2011–2012: Successful title defences, most poles in a season

Vettel's win at the Monaco Grand Prix was his first win in the principality, and his fifth from the first six races of the season
Vettel at the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix where, with four races remaining in the season, he became the youngest double World Drivers' Champion
Vettel driving for Red Bull Racing at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

Vettel started the 2011 season with wins in Australia and Malaysia, before a second-place finish at the Chinese Grand Prix due to poor tyre management, possibly related to his inability to properly communicate with his team, as his radio was broken.[66] In Monaco, Vettel led the race but due to another radio malfunction, the Red Bull pit crew was not prepared when he came in. The pit stop was slow and he was sent out on the wrong tyres, handing the lead to Button. Vettel switched to a one-stop strategy, and stuck with one set of soft tyres for 56 laps. He was caught by Alonso and Button as his tyres deteriorated, but neither were able to pass him.[67] The race was red-flagged with few laps remaining, which allowed teams to change their tyres; when the race was restarted under the safety car, Vettel was able to retain the lead and win.[68]

At the European Grand Prix, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) enforced a ban on engine mappings. It was believed by some in the press that this was an attempt by the FIA to thwart Vettel's early domination.[69] Nevertheless, he took pole with the fastest qualifying lap in Valencia Street Circuit's history. Vettel dominated with his first hat-trick of 2011, and won his sixth race out of eight.[70] The FIA implemented another rule change at the British Grand Prix, targeting the blown diffusers. Red Bull believed the changes would cost them about half a second per lap.[71] During the race, Vettel held off Webber for second place, who ignored a radio message from team principal Christian Horner to hold position.[72] It was only the second time in the sport's history that a driver had finished second or higher in each of the first nine races of a season and won at least six of them.[73]

Vettel's run of fourteen successive front-row starts and eleven successive top two finishes ended at his home race, where he qualified third and finished fourth. In Italy, he took his tenth pole position of the year, in which he joined Ayrton Senna as the only driver to have taken ten pole positions in two separate seasons.[74] A podium finish in Japan secured his second successive title with four races remaining, making him the youngest ever double and back-to-back champion.[75] Vettel won the following race in Korea to become the second driver to take at least ten wins in a season after Michael Schumacher.[76] He also helped to secure Red Bull's second successive World Constructors' Championship.[77] Vettel took his eleventh victory of the season in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, leading every lap from pole position, as well as setting the race's fastest lap to claim his first grand slam.[78] Vettel broke the record for the most pole positions in a season at the season finale in Brazil, after he clinched his 15th pole of the year.[79] He completed the year with 15 poles, 11 victories, and 17 podiums from 19 races; Vettel also earned a record total of 392 points.[80]

Vettel started the 2012 season with a second place at the Australian Grand Prix, before he finished outside the points in Malaysia following a collision with backmarker Narain Karthikeyan. Vettel and Horner criticised Karthikeyan's driving, with Vettel calling him an "idiot",[81] and a "cucumber".[82] Karthikeyan hit back, calling Vettel a "cry baby".[83] Vettel crossed the line in first place at the Bahrain Grand Prix to go top of the championship standings.[84] Three races without a podium place followed, before he retired at the European Grand Prix after an alternator failure, dropping him to fourth in the standings.[85] In Germany, Vettel finished second behind Alonso but received a 20-second time penalty after the race, as he was off the track when he overtook Button; Vettel dropped back to fifth.[86] He started in 10th place but finished second in Belgium to climb up to second place in the championship.[87] Vettel then retired at the Italian Grand Prix due to a alternator failure, which saw the gap to leader Alonso grow to 39 points with seven races remaining.[88][89] He won next race in Singapore, as he kept the lead until the 2-hour race limit was reached.[90] At the Japanese Grand Prix he took his second career grand slam and coupled with Alonso's retirement, he cut the gap down to just four points.[91] After winning at the Korean Grand Prix, the Indian Grand Prix brought another victory, as Vettel topped all three practice sessions before taking pole position and leading every lap of the race to win.[92]

During qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Vettel was told to stop the car due to a fuel pump issue; he was forced to start from the pit lane.[93] From last place, Vettel fought his way back to finish in third place.[94] He started the last race in Brazil with a 13-point cushion against Alonso.[95] On the opening lap, Vettel spinned after an incident with Bruno Senna. Following changing weather conditions, Vettel climbed up to finish in sixth place to win the championship by three points and to become the youngest ever triple world champion.[96] He also became the third driver to acquire three consecutive championships, after Juan Manuel Fangio and Schumacher.[97]

2013–2014: Quadruple world champion, nine wins in a row, and departure from Red Bull

Vettel (left) controversially passing teammate Mark Webber at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix, despite team orders to maintain position

Vettel started the first two races of the 2013 season on pole position, and at the Malaysian Grand Prix, he lapped over 2.5 seconds faster than teammate Webber in qualifying during a wet session.[98] He won the race, though not without controversy. Vettel ignored the team orders and passed Webber for the lead. Webber was furious after the race and said that Vettel "will have protection as usual and that’s the way it goes".[99] Team principal Horner, although unhappy with Vettel's actions, pointed out that Webber had defied team orders on several previous occasions. He acknowledged that the already fragile relationship between the two drivers had further broken down as a result of the incident.[100] Vettel claimed that he was not sorry for winning and that if the situation presented itself again, he would have passed Webber in spite of the order, adding that he felt Webber did not deserve to win the race.[101]

Following wins in Bahrain and Canada, his championship lead was cut at the British Grand Prix as he was denied a likely win due to gearbox failure. Vettel bounced back to win his home race in Germany for the first time. After he finished third in Hungary, Vettel won the last nine races of the season, including grand slams in Singapore and Korea. Vettel set the record for most consecutive race wins with nine and he became only the third man after Alberto Ascari and Jim Clark to take consecutive grand slams.[102] He sealed his fourth world title at the Indian Grand Prix.[103]

"It's very difficult for me personally, to receive boos, even though you haven't done anything wrong."

Sebastian Vettel, on being booed on the podium.[104]

On several occasions during the season, spectators booed Vettel. Although the booing was widely condemned by fellow drivers, the media and others in the paddock,[105] Vettel revealed that it had a negative impact on him.[104]

For the 2014 season and beyond, drivers picked a unique car number to use for the remainder of their Formula One career; Vettel chose the number five. However, as reigning World Drivers' Champion he carried number one throughout the season.[106] Webber left the sport and was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo, who was promoted from Toro Rosso.

Vettel struggled with reliability issues throughout winter testing, and forced him to retire at the opening Australian Grand Prix.[107] Reliability problems also forced Vettel to retire at the Monaco and Austrian Grands Prix. Vettel qualified on the front-row for the races in Malaysia, Great Britain and Hungary, and finished on the podium in Malaysia, Canada, Singapore and Japan. After the Russian Grand Prix, he had been outqualified by a teammate over a season for the first time in his Formula One career. In addition to suffering reliability problems, throughout 2014 Vettel struggled to get to grips with the Red Bull RB10,[108] and the Pirelli tyres.[109] He signed off the year by becoming the first defending champion to fail to win a race during a season since Jacques Villeneuve in 1998.[110]

In October, Red Bull had announced that Vettel would be leaving the team at the end of the season to join Scuderia Ferrari, one year before his contract was due to expire.[111] Vettel replaced Alonso and partnered his friend Kimi Räikkönen.[112] Vettel mentioned he would like to drive for Ferrari at some point in his career and was already rumoured in 2012 to have a non-binding pre-contract, with options, to join them in 2014.[113] He was denied an early release from his Red Bull contract to test the 2014 Ferrari car in Abu Dhabi.[114] In spite of this, Vettel was present at the Ferrari test – although not driving the car – but Red Bull did not enforce any sanctions.[115] Vettel instead made his first appearance in November, completing nearly 100 laps in the 2012 car around the test track of Fiorano.[116]

Ferrari

The next stage of my Formula 1 career will be spent with Scuderia Ferrari and for me that means the dream of a lifetime has come true. 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. I already got a small taste of what the Ferrari spirit means, when I took my first win at Monza in 2008, with an engine from the Prancing Horse built in Maranello. The Scuderia has a great tradition in this sport and I am extremely motivated to help the team get back to the top. I will put my heart and soul into making it happen.

Sebastian Vettel, on his lifelong dream of driving for Ferrari

2015–2016: Returning to the top step, a threat to Mercedes

Vettel at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix, where he took his maiden win for Ferrari after two races

Vettel made his Ferrari debut by finishing third in the Australian Grand Prix.[117] He followed that up with winning the Malaysian Grand Prix,[118] his first race victory for over a year and the first win for Ferrari for almost two years. After the race, an emotional Vettel paid tribute to Schumacher, saying that his hero's achievements with Ferrari made the first win all the more special.[119]

He won the Hungarian Grand Prix to remain a championship contender, after he started from third on the grid. He dedicated his victory to driver Jules Bianchi, who died the week prior from injuries sustained in 2014.[120] At the halfway point of the season, Vettel was 42 points behind championship leader and Mercedes driver Hamilton.[121] Vettel was in third place in Belgium when his right rear blew at high speed on the penultimate lap, likely ending any title chances given Hamilton won. After the race he ranted about the 'unacceptable' and 'unsafe' Pirelli tyres that could have caused him serious injury.[122]

Vettel came home second in the Italian Grand Prix, his first race with Ferrari at the team's home soil.[123] He then took his first pole with the team at the Singapore Grand Prix,[124] Ferrari's first pole for three years. Vettel went on to win the race, and with Hamilton retiring, he closed to within 49 points with seven races remaining.[125] Vettel ended the season in third place, however, with three wins and 13 podiums; he declared the season as a 'miracle'.[126]

Vettel driving for Ferrari at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix

After a third-place finish at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix,[127] Vettel's participation in Bahrain ended without starting as his car broke down on formation lap.[128] At the Chinese Grand Prix, Vettel collided with teammate Räikkönen on the first lap, but both were able to continue. He labelled Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat a "madman" and described his overtaking manoeuvre as "suicidal".[129] At the Russian Grand Prix, Vettel retired on the first lap after two consecutive collisions with Kvyat.[130] At the Mexican Grand Prix, Vettel attempted to overtake Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, but after Verstappen ran off the track and rejoined ahead of him, Vettel verbally attacked him and race director Charlie Whiting, for which he later apologised.[131] Vettel then blocked Red Bull's Ricciardo by moving in the braking zone, and was given a ten-second penalty and two points on his licence.[132] Although he gained seven podium finishes during the season, Vettel did not manage to win in 2016.

2017–2018: Championship challenges ending in disappointment

Vettel during pre-season testing for Ferrari in 2017
Vettel driving past his fans at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix

His third season at Ferrari started with victory in Australia, his first in 18 months.[133] The early form continued the following races, winning in Bahrain and Monaco,[134][135] and finishing second in China, Russia and Spain.[136] In Russia, Vettel took his first pole position in 18 months and with Räikkönen alongside him, Ferrari had their first front row lock out since the 2008 French Grand Prix.[137] Vettel's lead at the top of the standings increased to 25 points after the Monaco Grand Prix, Ferrari's first victory at the circuit since Schumacher won there in 2001.[135]

In Azerbaijan, Vettel collided into the rear of race leader Hamilton under the safety car, accusing Hamilton of brake testing him.[138] Moments later, Vettel pulled alongside and hit his Mercedes as they prepared for a restart, for which he received a ten-second stop-go penalty.[139] The FIA investigated the Vettel-Hamilton incident further, but Vettel received no punishment. Vettel took full responsibility, issuing a public apology and committing to devote personal time over the next 12 months to educational activities across a variety of FIA championships and events.[140]

Vettel's championship lead was cut to only a single point in Great Britain, as he suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap and dropped to seventh place.[141] Vettel started from pole in Hungary, and maintained the lead. He overcame steering issues and held on for victory, which gave him a 14-point lead over Hamilton.[142] Mercedes dominated after the summer break and Vettel lost the championship lead at the Italian Grand Prix,[143] which was followed by a first-lap retirement in Singapore after collision with Räikkönen and Verstappen. It was the first time in Formula One history that both Ferraris retired from the first lap of a Grand Prix.[144] His title hopes were dealt another blow in Malaysia, as he started last following a turbo problem in qualifying. He finished in fourth place, but crashed with Williams' Lance Stroll on the cool-down lap; neither would be penalised.[145] More reliability issues befell Ferrari in Japan as Vettel retired due to a spark plug failure.[146] In Mexico, Vettel became the fourth driver in Formula One history to claim 50 pole positions.[147] Verstappen took the lead from Vettel at the start, before Vettel collided with Hamilton, after which Hamilton won his fourth title.[148] For the first time in his career, Vettel failed to win the World Drivers' Championship having led it at some stage during a season.[149]

The 2018 season was dubbed the "Fight For Five" by the media, as for the first time in Formula One history, two quadruple world champions lined up at the start of a season.[150] For the second consecutive year, Vettel began the season with victory in Australia, after he took the lead while pitting under the virtual safety car.[151] It was his 100th podium, while he also became only the third man in Formula One history to have led 3,000 laps.[152] In Bahrain, Vettel maintained the lead from pole through the first round of pit stops and held off Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas despite being on old soft tyres to take a record fourth victory at the circuit.[153] At the Chinese Grand Prix, he was hit by Verstappen in the latter stages of the race, which caused both to spin. Vettel limped home in eighth place, with his championship lead reduced to nine points.[154] For the first time since 2013, Vettel took three consecutive pole positions as he qualified in first place in Azerbaijan. It was the 23rd different Grand Prix at which he had taken pole position, equalling Hamilton's record.[155]

At the Canadian Grand Prix, Vettel won for the third time in 2018 and for the 50th time in his career, becoming only the fourth man to reach a half-century of wins.[156] The following race in France, Vettel lost the championship lead following a collision with Bottas.[157] He bounced back in Great Britain, after he passed Bottas in the last laps to take victory.[158] Vettel led his home race until he slid off the track and hit the wall in the latter stages as rain started to fall,[159] although he won in Belgium, in which he passed Hamilton for the race victory.[160] Contact on the opening lap with Hamilton in Italy saw Vettel damage his front wing and drop to the back of the field, but he recovered to cross the finishing line in fourth place. It left Vettel 30 points behind the Mercedes driver with seven races left.[161] His championship hopes were dealt a further blow in Japan, as he only qualified in eighth place. At the start of Q3, both Ferrari's were sent out on intermediate tyres on a drying track. He claimed his first ever podium in Mexico but the World Drivers' Championship went to Hamilton for a second consecutive year.[162] Although Mercedes had been the more consistent team and had a better car overall than Ferrari for the past few seasons,[163] fans and pundits criticised Vettel for making too many mistakes during the season.[164]

2019–2020: Difficult ending at Ferrari

Vettel in action at the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix

After showing impressive pace throughout pre-season testing in Barcelona, Vettel and his new teammate Charles Leclerc headed to Australia with many pundits believing they had the car to beat for the 2019 season.[165] The opening weekend proved to be difficult, however, as Vettel qualified some seven tenths off pole position in third and finished the race in fourth place.[166] Third-place finishes in China and Azerbaijan followed, as Mercedes continued to dominate.[167] Vettel took pole position in Canada; his first pole in 17 races.[168] Midway though the race, a snap of oversteer caused him to run wide onto the grass. Vettel received a five-second time penalty from the stewards, who believed he had returned to the track "in an unsafe manner and forced [Hamilton] off track".[169] Vettel crossed the line in first place but lost his victory as a result of the penalty. After the race, he swapped the number one and two signs in front of Hamilton's Mercedes and his own car.[170] At the German Grand Prix, Vettel was unable to qualify after a turbo issue, which meant he would start in last place. During a race with mixed weather conditions, Vettel climbed up to second place.[171] In Italy, Vettel spun at the Ascari chicane and when he re-entered the track, he made contact with Racing Point's Stroll. Vettel received a 10-second stop-go penalty and finished in 13th place.[172] At the Singapore Grand Prix, Vettel won on a circuit Ferrari were expected to struggle at. For the first time, Vettel had won five times at the same track.[173] The following race, in Russia, Vettel went from third place on the grid to first place in the first corner. However, radio transmissions suggested that the team wanted to swap their drivers, but with Vettel the quicker driver, he remained in front. Vettel retired soon after with a MGU-K problem.[174]

Vettel took pole position in Japan,[175] but an abrupt start off the line caused him to momentarily stop before getting away, which allowed Bottas to take the lead; Vettel was not penalized for his jump start.[176] After running in third at the Brazilian Grand Prix for the majority of the race, a safety car allowed Red Bull's Alexander Albon and an aggressive Leclerc to overtake him. He tried to pass his teammate immediately but the two Ferrari's collided, resulting in another retirement for Vettel.[177] He finished fifth in the World Drivers' Championship, and was outscored by a teammate for only the second time across a season.[178]

Ferrari later announced they would not extend Vettel's contract beyond the 2020 season. Team principal Mattia Binotto explained there was "no specific reason" for the decision, though both parties noted it was an amicable agreement.[179] The season was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic as the first ten races of the original calendar were either rescheduled, postponed or cancelled altogether. Ferrari discovered problems on their car following pre-season testing, forcing them to make a major redesign.[180]

The SF1000 lacked pace as Vettel finished the season's opening race in Austria in 10th place.[181] During the weekend, he was also given a warning for breaching the FIA's COVID-19 protocols after he was seen mixing with members of his former team Red Bull.[182] The following race, at the Styrian Grand Prix, Vettel retired on the opening lap with rear wing damage following a collision with Leclerc.[183]

Race of Champions

Sebastian Vettel at the 2007 Race of Champions

Vettel competed in the 2007 Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium, representing the German team alongside Michael Schumacher,[184] winning the Nations' Cup title. He also teamed up with Schumacher from 2008 to 2012, winning the Cup on every occasion.

Vettel returned to the 2015 Race of Champions, representing Germany together with Nico Hülkenberg.[185] He won his very first individual Race of Champions title that year, beating Tom Kristensen in the final. En route to the final of the Nations' Cup, Vettel was able to gain some form of revenge over his former teammate Daniel Ricciardo, defeating him at the quarter-final stage as Germany knocked out Australia. In 2017, Vettel was eliminated in the first heat for the individual competition, but went on to win the Nations' Cup for Germany by himself with an unprecedented seven consecutive victories, after his teammate Pascal Wehrlein was injured earlier in a crash.

In the 2019 event, Vettel teamed up with Mick Schumacher, where they finished runners-up in the Nations' Cup to the Nordic team of Kristensen and Johan Kristoffersson. Vettel was eliminated in the group stages of the individual competition, meaning for the first time in his ninth appearance, he finished the event without winning a main competition, although he won the ROC Skills Challenge.

Helmet design

2017 Helmet Design

From his early days in karting, Vettel worked with helmet designer Jens Munser. At the age of eight, Vettel wanted Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid on his helmet.[186] 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 at the start of 2008 was 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 regularly used a variety of new helmet designs. Some designs were small changes to his original Red Bull design, while others were completely new 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.[187] 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.[188] Vettel started his 2013 campaign with a design in honour of Felix Baumgartner, for his world record Red Bull Stratos space jump in October 2012.[189] By the end of the 2013 season, he had used 76 different helmet designs throughout his career.[190]

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.[191]

After moving to the Ferrari team prior to the start of the 2015 season, Vettel insisted that he would try to stick to one design each year, which was also enforced by a FIA rule banning 'significant' helmet changes during a season.[192] 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 start number 5 on the top.[193]

For the 2017 Italian Grand Prix he changed the German flag stripe on his helmet to an Italian flag stripe in celebration of Ferrari's home race.[194] Following the death of Niki Lauda, Vettel wore a special helmet based on Lauda's final Ferrari helmet at the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix.[195]

Car names

Inspired by American bomber pilots in the Second World War, Vettel has made it a tradition to name his cars.[196] He said: "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,[196] followed by Kate and Kate's Dirty Sister (2009), Luscious Liz and Randy Mandy (2010), Kinky Kylie (2011),[197] Abbey (2012)[198] and Hungry Heidi (2013).[199] Vettel's car for 2014, the Red Bull RB10, was baptised Suzie.[200] Vettel continued this tradition with Ferrari and christened his 2015 Ferrari SF15-T Eva,[201] followed by Margherita (2016),[202] Gina (2017),[203] Loria (2018),[204] Lina (2019)[205] and Lucilla (2020).

Season Car Name(s)
2008 Toro Rosso STR3 Julie
2009 Red Bull RB5 Kate and Kate's Dirty Sister
2010 Red Bull RB6 Luscious Liz and Randy Mandy
2011 Red Bull RB7 Kinky Kylie
2012 Red Bull RB8 Abbey
2013 Red Bull RB9 Hungry Heidi
2014 Red Bull RB10 Suzie
2015 Ferrari SF15-T Eva
2016 Ferrari SF16-H Margherita
2017 Ferrari SF70H Gina
2018 Ferrari SF71H Loria
2019 Ferrari SF90 Lina
2020 Ferrari SF1000 Lucilla

Comparison to Michael Schumacher

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

Vettel's unexpected win at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix led the media to dub him the "Baby Schumi". 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".[206]

Nevertheless, the similarities were 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 before he could legally take to the roads, and said his passion for cars was nurtured by watching Schumacher compete.[207]

After winning his first championship in 2010, and being hailed as the "Next Schumacher", Vettel 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.[208] Schumacher and Vettel both clinched their second successive titles in their fourth full seasons. Both drivers also became the youngest ever double world champions at the time.

In 2011, Pirelli director 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. "The only other driver that asks us a lot of questions is Michael Schumacher. It is like seeing the master and the protégé at work."[209]

After Schumacher was severely injured in a skiing accident in late 2013, Vettel was on hand to collect the Millennium-Bambi Award for Schumacher's life achievements on his behalf.[210][211] Vettel also made an emotional speech commemorating Schumacher's achievements in the sport. The two of them got to know each other from racing together in Formula One and in the Race of Champions, and are – along with Nico Rosberg – the only German Formula One title winners.

In 2014, Vettel cited Schumacher as one of his inspirations in becoming a Scuderia Ferrari driver: "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."[212] Vettel won his first race for the team at the second attempt. This was at the age of 27, the same age as Schumacher won his first race with Ferrari. Additionally, both Schumacher and Vettel finished third in the World Drivers' Championship in their debut seasons with Ferrari, scoring three wins each.

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 his achievements in the 2008 season. In 2010, he was voted German Sportspersonality of the Year and won the International Racing Driver category at the Autosport Awards. He also won the category the following three years. In January 2012, Vettel was honoured with the Grands Prix de l'Academie des Sports for being the "Double consecutive Formula One World Champion at the age of twenty four – winner of eleven Grands Prix out of nineteen". In February, he was further honoured with the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt, in recognition of his world titles and his exemplary character.[213] Vettel was also voted Formula One driver of the year in 2009,[214] 2011[215] and 2013[216] by the team principals, initiated by the Autosport magazine. He additionally won the DHL Fastest Lap Award in 2009, 2012 and 2013. He became European Sportsperson of the Year by the International Sports Press Association in 2010,[217] and by the Polish Press Agency in 2012[218] and 2013.[219] Furthermore, Vettel was named the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year in 2013. In 2014, he was named Sportsman of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards.[220]

Red Bull Racing sponsor Infiniti released a Sebastian Vettel edition of the Infiniti FX SUV for 2012. It featured increased engine power, revised bodywork and lower suspension than the standard model.[221]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps 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 3 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 1 1 0 2 28 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
2016 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari 21 0 0 3 7 212 4th
2017 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari 20 5 4 5 13 317 2nd
2018 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari 21 5 5 3 12 320 2nd
2019 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari 21 1 2 2 9 240 5th
2020 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari 5 0 0 0 0 10* 13th*

* Season still in progress.

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 HOC
1

15
HOC
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
HOC
1

13
HOC
2

3
5th 57
2006 ASM Formule 3 Dallara F305/059 Mercedes HOC
1

5
HOC
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
HOC
1

3
HOC
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

2
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 28
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

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 21 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 RS27-2009 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 RS27-2010 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 RS27-2011 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 RS27-2012 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 RS27-2013 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 060 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
2016 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t AUS
3
BHR
DNS
CHN
2
RUS
Ret
ESP
3
MON
4
CAN
2
EUR
2
AUT
Ret
GBR
9
HUN
4
GER
5
BEL
6
ITA
3
SIN
5
MAL
Ret
JPN
4
USA
4
MEX
5
BRA
5
ABU
3
4th 212
2017 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF70H Ferrari 062 1.6 V6 t AUS
1
CHN
2
BHR
1
RUS
2
ESP
2
MON
1
CAN
4
AZE
4
AUT
2
GBR
7
HUN
1
BEL
2
ITA
3
SIN
Ret
MAL
4
JPN
Ret
USA
2
MEX
4
BRA
1
ABU
3
2nd 317
2018 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF71H Ferrari 062 EVO 1.6 V6 t AUS
1
BHR
1
CHN
8
AZE
4
ESP
4
MON
2
CAN
1
FRA
5
AUT
3
GBR
1
GER
Ret
HUN
2
BEL
1
ITA
4
SIN
3
RUS
3
JPN
6
USA
4
MEX
2
BRA
6
ABU
2
2nd 320
2019 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF90 Ferrari 064 1.6 V6 t AUS
4
BHR
5
CHN
3
AZE
3
ESP
4
MON
2
CAN
2
FRA
5
AUT
4
GBR
16
GER
2
HUN
3
BEL
4
ITA
13
SIN
1
RUS
Ret
JPN
2
MEX
2
USA
Ret
BRA
17
ABU
5
5th 240
2020 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari 065 1.6 V6 t AUT
10
STY
Ret
HUN
6
GBR
10
70A
12
ESP BEL ITA TUS RUS EIF POR EMI 13th* 10*

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

Formula One records

Vettel holds the following Formula One records:

Record Achieved Ref
Most podium finishes in a season 17 2011[N 1] [222]
Most wins in a season 13 2013[N 2] [223]
Most pole positions in a season 15 2011 [224]
Most laps led in a season 739 2011 [225]
Most consecutive wins 9 2013 Belgian Grand Prix – 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix [4]
Most consecutive grand slams 2 2013 Singapore Grand Prix and 2013 Korean Grand Prix[N 3] [226]
Most wins from pole position in a season 9 2011[N 4] [227]
Youngest Grand Prix pole position winner 21 years, 72 days 2008 Italian Grand Prix (13 September 2008) [228]
Youngest driver to score a double (pole position and race win) 21 years, 73 days 2008 Italian Grand Prix (14 September 2008) [229]
Youngest driver to score a hat-trick (pole position, race win, and fastest lap) 21 years, 353 days 2009 British Grand Prix (21 June 2009) [229]
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) [229]
Youngest Formula One World Drivers' Champion 23 years, 134 days 2010 season (14 November 2010) [230]
Youngest World Drivers' Championship runner-up 22 years, 121 days 2009 season (1 November 2009) [231]
Shortest time elapsed before gaining a penalty 6 seconds 2006 Turkish Grand Prix (25 August 2006) (6 seconds into his career, for speeding in the pit lane) [232]
Footnotes
  1. ^ Record shared with Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher although Schumacher did so with fewer total races in the season (2002).
  2. ^ Record shared with Michael Schumacher although Schumacher did so with fewer total races in the season (2004).
  3. ^ Record shared with Alberto Ascari (1952) and Jim Clark (1963).
  4. ^ Record shared with Nigel Mansell although Mansell did so with fewer total races in the season (1992).

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