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Sebastian Vettel

Biography of Sebastian Vettel
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Sebastian Vettel Biography

Sebastián Vettel (April 3, 1987) is a well-known Formula 1 pilot. His place of birth is Heppenheim, Germany. His passion for the tracks and races arose due to the influence of his father, Norbert, who was a professional of karting, who at the age of three gave him his first kart. At the age of 8, he started in the official competitions of his city, winning countless titles. For his good performance, he was a pilot of the Red Bull Junior Team when he was 10. Years later, he made his debut in single-seaters in the German Formula BMW, finishing second after winning five races. The following year, he would participate in the same championship and would obtain 18 victories and 20 podiums of 20 possible, that is, a total performance of almost 100%.

With his great feat, the BMW director offers him a contract, the following year he is asked to perform a test with the Williams BMW FW27. In 2005, he starts competing in the Formula 3 Euroseries, finishing in the fifth position, four positions behind the champion, Lewis Hamilton. He started preparing for the fourth round of the World Series by Renault, where he won two races with Carlin Motorsport. In the next race held in Spa, Belgium, he managed to set the absolute record of the category in the race, but the happiness was not total because he was about to lose a finger in an accident in the curve of Raidillon, an event that forced him to abandon the competition in the World Series.

After his recovery, Vettel returns to the F3 Euroseries, had a good performance winning the bronze, being behind Paul di Resta. In that same year, Mario Theissen contacted him to become part of the BMW Sauber for the last five GPs of the year. His level and intelligence when running, were remarkable, during practices he would achieve the best times in several sessions. In that sense, BMW Sauber confirms him as the third driver of the team.

In 2007, he competed in the first four meetings of the World Series getting one victory at the Nurburgring. Unfortunately, Kubica, member of his team, suffered an accident in Canada, therefore, Vettel had to replace him in the United States GP, this unfortunate fact was the key moment that allowed the young promise, to be with an excellent score in his debut in F1, being only 19 years old.

He leaves the World Series to concentrate on Formula 1, and his effort paid off because, in July, Helmut Marko asked him to replace Scott Speed ​​in Toro Rosso for the Hungarian GP, ​​confirming him as the team’s driver for 2008.

The expectations of his performance were greater, he did not start anything well due to the accidents and the breakdowns of the Toro Rosso, he had to abandon in the first four races, although, then he rallied with to position five in Monaco and Spa-Francorchamps, then in Monza he achieved the Pole-Position, with this he snatched the record of the youngest winner of a Grand Prix to the Spaniard Fernando Alonso.

In 2009, David Coulthard decided to retire from the team, so, Red Bull saw in Vettel a great element to replace him. He was assigned a Red Bull RB5, he showed very competitive performances, but the frequent damage of the car caused several accidents that made him lose important points. Despite this, he won in China, England, Japan and Abu Dhabi. In just one year, he became a revelation pilot, and a promise to fight for the world title.

As predicted his level was increasing, and he won the championship on November 14, 2010 at the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, catapulting himself as the youngest driver in history to be a Formula 1 Champion, with 24 years old, 3 months and 7 days, stripping Fernando Alonso of the record again due to his third place in the Japanese Grand Prix that made him the 2011 world champion.

His level was through the roof, and on November 25, 2012, the German pilot was proclaimed champion for the third time in Brazil, three points ahead of Fernando Alonso after an extreme and challenging race in the one that the Spanish pilot took him to demonstrate all the acquired experience. On June 11, 2013, Sebastian reaffirmed his permanency in Red Bull until the end of the 2015 campaign. Vettel revealed himself to be the 2013 world champion in the Indian Grand Prix, with 115 points over Fernando Alonso

On November 20, 2014, Red Bull had already announced that Sebastian Vettel would leave the team at the end of the season, Ferrari simultaneously made official the departure of Fernando Alonso and the arrival of this great German pilot as a teammate of Raikkonen in the team.

He finished third in the 2015 championship, behind Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg from Mercedes. In 2016, closed the championship in the fourth position with 212 points, 7 podiums, 0 victories and 2 fast laps. His last victory was at the Hungarian Grand Prix 2017.

 

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