Sebastian Vettel (born 3 July 1987 (age 31)) 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, 2012, and 2013.
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. Vettel then won the 2013 F1 World Championship, becoming the youngest quadruple champion in the history of the sport.
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, and to win a race. He is also currently 3rd in the overall tally of pole positions behind fellow German Michael Schumacher and 3-time world champion Ayrton Senna.
Formula One statisticsEdit
This page is accurate up to the 2013 Indian Grand Prix .
|Races||117 (117 starts)|
|Championships||4 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)|
|First race||2007 United States Grand Prix|
|First win||2008 Italian Grand Prix|
|Last win||2013 Indian Grand Prix|
|Last race||2013 Indian Grand Prix|
|Last position||1st (281 pts)|
Formula One recordsEdit
|Pole positions at most different Grand Prix||20[N 1]||2012 United States Grand Prix|
|Most consecutive Grand Slams||2[N 2]||2013 Singapore Grand Prix & 2013 Korean Grand Prix|
|Most consecutive top two results, in both qualifying and race||11||2010 Brazilian Grand Prix – 2011 British Grand Prix|
|Shortest time elapsed before gaining a penalty||9 seconds||2006 Turkish Grand Prix (25 August 2006) (9 seconds into his career, for speeding in the pit lane)|
|Most championship points earned in a season||392||2011|
|Most podium finishes in a season||17[N 3]||2011|
|Most starts from front row in a season||18||2011|
|Most pole positions in a season||15||2011|
|Most laps led in a season||739||2011|
|Most wins from pole position in a season||9[N 4]||2011|
|World Champion having been championship leader for most races in the season||19 races||2011|
|Most points between first and second in the World Championship||between Sebastian Vettel (392 pts.) and Jenson Button (270 pts.).||2011|
|Most consecutive top two results, in both qualifying and race, from the start of the season||9||2011 Australian Grand Prix – 2011 British Grand Prix|
|Most consecutive top two finishes from the start of the season||9[N 5]||Australia 2011–Great Britain 2011|
Currently part ofEdit
|Youngest average age of podium finishers||23 years, 350 days||Sebastian Vettel, Heikki Kovalainen, Robert Kubica||2008 Italian Grand Prix|
|Youngest average age of front row starters||23 years, 102 days||Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hülkenberg||2010 Brazilian Grand Prix|
|Most championship leader changes in a season||10 times|| Fernando Alonso,|
|Most championship contenders going into the final race of the season||4 drivers|| Fernando Alonso,|
|Most World Champions competing in a season||6 champions|| Sebastian Vettel (2010, 2011),|
Jenson Button (2009),
Lewis Hamilton (2008),
Kimi Räikkönen (2007),
Fernando Alonso (2005, 2006),
Michael Schumacher (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
|Most different race winners in consecutive races from first race of the season||7|| Jenson Button (2012 Australian Grand Prix),|
Fernando Alonso (2012 Malaysian Grand Prix),
Nico Rosberg (2012 Chinese Grand Prix),
Sebastian Vettel (2012 Bahrain Grand Prix),
Pastor Maldonado (2012 Spanish Grand Prix),
Mark Webber (2012 Monaco Grand Prix),
Lewis Hamilton (2012 Canadian Grand Prix)
|Race with most World Champions finishing in the first positions||top 5|| Sebastian Vettel|
| 2011 Italian Grand Prix|
2013 Chinese Grand Prix
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Record shared with Alain Prost
- ↑ Record shared with Alberto Ascari (1952) & Jim Clark (1963).
- ↑ Record shared with Michael Schumacher although Schumacher did so with fewer total races in the season (2002).
- ↑ Record shared with Nigel Mansell although Mansell did so with fewer total races in the season (1992).
- ↑ Record shared with Fernando Alonso (Bahrain 2006–Canada 2006).