Have you ever looked up the definition of “second to none” in the dictionary? If not, it means the best, as in Mom’s chocolate cake is second to none or those golden retriever puppies are second to none. Sebastian Vettle is that “second to one” Formula 1™ driver. He is so ridiculously awesome that his picture should be inserted next to that definition.
By becoming the sport’s youngest World Champion in 2010, Vettel established himself among the top drivers in F1™ and then confirmed his establishment by claiming another two titles in the following two years. He is everything F1 wants and then some; he is competitive, grounded and fast –very fast.
Speaking Of Fast, Here Are Some Fast Facts
• Date of Birth: March 7, 1987
• Nationality: German
• Team: Red Bull Racing
• Podiums: 62
• World Championships: 4
According to ESPNF1.com, Vettel is something of an anglophile and is well-known for his love of British comedy such as Little Britain and Monty Python’s Life of Brian. He is also a fan of the Beatles and his favorite song is Drive My Car, quite humorous if you ask me. Lastly, Vettel supports the German football team Eintracht Frankfurt.
Vettel began amateur karting at the age of three and went on to race in the Karts series when he was eight years old in 1995. In 2003 he moved to Formula BMW where he finished the season in second place. At the age of 17, he won the title with 18 wins in 20 races –wow.
In 2005, he moved to European F3 followed by BMW Sauber snatching him as its test and reserve driver in 2006. Vettel practiced, learned and stayed sharp while testing. He went to race in World Series by Renault before making his F1 debut at Indianapolis in 2007, and he never looked back!
The year 2009, rolled around and Vettel started at Red Bull, he continued to make headlines with wins in China, Silverstone and Suzuka. Finishing the season second in driver’s World Championship after a win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Sounding like his best year yet? Wrong! Vettel's year of glory came in 2010, when he became the youngest World Champion in F1; he made 10 pole positions and had five victories.
In 2011, Vettel completely dominated the season and won 11 Grand Prix’s, not to mention having a record of 15 poles. What’s next for this guy? Yup, he does it again and won the World Championship for a second time with four races to spare, becoming the youngest double champion in history. The 2013 season started off rough with engine problems, however Vettel came back roaring to claim the Championship by three points from Alonso in an epic battle.
The 2014 season hasn’t been ideal for Vettel, starting with the Australian Grand Prix qualifying race a few weeks ago. He took an early exit that ended his record run of nine successive victories which dated back to last August. The world champ failed to even make it to the top 10 shoot out for the first time since the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix. The reasoning being, engineers discovered his Renault was down on power because of a software programming issue. Unfortunately for him, he ended up unlucky 13th.
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