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Sebastian Vettel ist ein deutscher Automobilrennfahrer. Er startet seit in der Formel 1 und gewann dort in der Saison als zweiter Deutscher nach Michael Schumacher und bislang jüngster Fahrer die Weltmeisterschaft. Sebastian Vettel (* 3. Juli in Heppenheim) ist ein deutscher Automobilrennfahrer. Er startet seit in der Formel 1 und gewann dort in der Saison The youngest F1 Championship winner. An all-time great. It's Sebastian Vettel – and this is his story. Sebastian Vettel ist ein deutscher Automobilrennfahrer. Er startet seit in der Formel 1 und gewann dort in der Saison als zweiter Deutscher nach. Seit Sebastian Vettel weiß, dass er Ferrari verlässt, kann er eigentlich auf jede Teamorder pfeifen und das Machtsystem um Kollege.
The youngest F1 Championship winner. An all-time great. It's Sebastian Vettel – and this is his story. Sebastian Vettel mit Fahrer-Portrait, Lebenslauf, Karriere, Chronik und Statistik - Formel 1 bei addressit.co Seit Sebastian Vettel weiß, dass er Ferrari verlässt, kann er eigentlich auf jede Teamorder pfeifen und das Machtsystem um Kollege.
He thought that he would be able to attempt this because the yellow flag resulting from his incident forbids overtaking; instead he was given a ten-place grid penalty for the next race, the Malaysian Grand Prix , and his team was fined for instructing him to stay on track after the damage occurred.
He spun out of the race while eighth, just before the race was stopped due to adverse weather conditions. He went on to win the race ahead of teammate Mark Webber , again a first for his team, which scored its first victory and 1—2 finish in the same race.
In Spain , he qualified in second but finished the race in fourth, behind his teammate Webber who finished in third.
Vettel won the British Grand Prix after claiming pole position in qualifying. At the European Grand Prix , he qualified fourth but had to retire from the race with an engine failure.
It was the second engine failure for Vettel during the weekend, and the RB5's reliability issues began to show. He qualified 2nd at Singapore, but was given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane and damaged the diffuser on a kerb, struggling to 4th.
He subsequently won the Japanese Grand Prix from pole position, leading every lap and only being denied of the fastest lap by 0.
At the Brazilian Grand Prix , Vettel qualified 16th in a rain-hit session, behind title rivals Button 14th and Rubens Barrichello 1st , while his teammate Webber qualified second with Adrian Sutil in third.
Vettel needed to score at least second place in the race to keep his title hopes alive. He finished fourth with Button behind, giving Button the Championship and moving Vettel up into second place.
He officially claimed second place by winning the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix , again ahead of Webber with Button completing the podium.
He also scored his third fastest lap of the year, drawing him level with teammate Webber.
On 21 August it was announced that Red Bull and Vettel had extended his contract until the end of the season  with an option for The option was later taken up on 14 March , as Vettel extended his contract with the team until the end of Vettel continued with Red Bull for , and took the first pole position of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
After a brief challenge from Rosberg he brought the car home in fourth. In Malaysia , he took his first win of the season with Webber coming in second place, having passed both him and Nico Rosberg at turn one.
Vettel qualified on pole at China alongside Webber. At the start of the wet race Fernando Alonso jump-started  and Vettel was passed by Webber, dropping back to third.
The increasing rain forced Vettel and Webber to pit at the same time for intermediate tyres that wore out after only a few laps and dropped them back into the midfield.
Vettel slowly climbed back up to finish sixth, ahead of Webber. In Spain , Vettel was outqualified by teammate Webber and claimed second on the grid.
Despite having a major brake problem during the last eight laps, Vettel managed third place after Hamilton crashed on the penultimate lap.
In Monaco Vettel was again outqualified by Webber. In the race he passed Kubica at the start and stayed there for the remainder of the Grand Prix and made it a Red Bull 1—2.
After the race, the two Red Bull drivers were equal on points in the Drivers' Championship, with Webber being a championship leader based on total wins.
The two collided, putting Vettel out of the race and dropping him to fifth in the Drivers' Championship, with neither driver accepting responsibility for causing the collision.
He started the European Grand Prix in pole position and led from start to finish to score his second win of the season.
At Silverstone , both Vettel and Webber's cars were fitted with a new design of front wing. Vettel's front wing was damaged in the third practice session, and Webber's sole surviving example was removed and given to Vettel.
He fought back to finish seventh while Webber took the victory. At the German Grand Prix he took pole by 0. In Belgium , he had a tough race, hitting Button's car whilst attempting to pass, causing Button to retire.
Vettel pitted and carried on, but then suffered a puncture whilst passing Liuzzi at the same place, completing a whole lap with a puncture.
At Monza he finished fourth after an engine problem scare, and at the Singapore Grand Prix , Vettel qualified and finished second, sticking on Alonso's tail for most of the race, the entire weekend being very close between the two.
He passed Button for fourth place in the championship. At the Japanese Grand Prix , he dominated all practice sessions bar one, as it was postponed after heavy rain.
Aged 23 years and 98 days, Vettel became the youngest Grand Prix driver to win at the same track on two occasions, having also won the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka in At the Brazilian Grand Prix , Vettel qualified second but took the lead at the first corner from the Williams of Nico Hülkenberg and led for the entire race to victory.
With Webber taking second place, and Alonso finishing third, Vettel went into the final race of the season with a point deficit to Alonso, and a 7-point gap to Webber.
After the postponement of the Bahrain Grand Prix , Vettel started his title defence in the Australian Grand Prix with pole position and a victory of 22 seconds over title rival Lewis Hamilton , who was nursing home his broken McLaren.
Vettel completed his third pole position of the season at the Chinese Grand Prix , and appeared to be in dominating form for the majority of the race.
However, poor tyre management haunted him in the last several laps, possibly being related to his inability to properly communicate with his team, as his radio was broken.
The Turkish Grand Prix started out poorly for Vettel, where he had very little practice time during the Friday free practice sessions, including a crash in the first session.
Even with the limited practice, he claimed his fifth consecutive pole position and converted it into a win, extending his championship lead over Hamilton to 34 points.
His teammate Webber took pole, but Vettel went on to win the race by 0. Vettel was leading the race with a 5-second gap over second-placed Button.
Due to a radio malfunction, the Red Bull pit crew was not prepared for Vettel when he pitted. The net result was that the pit stop was slow, and that he was sent out on the wrong tyres, handing the lead to Button as well.
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 on the narrow streets of the Monte-Carlo circuit.
The suspended race allowed teams to change tyres and work on the cars, and when the race was restarted under the safety car, Vettel was able to retain the lead during the last few laps.
In Canada , he took his sixth pole position in seven races ahead of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
Vettel kept his lead from the start of the race, and for the vast majority of the race he held on to it.
The record six safety car periods due to the down-pouring rain and 2-hour race suspension profoundly hurt Vettel's chances of victory, however, as after every safety car restart, Vettel would lose the gap he had previously built up on the other drivers.
Vettel slid on a damp part of the track at Turn 6, and Button used the opportunity to slip past him to take the victory.
Vettel finished second, yet still extended his championship lead to 60 points ahead of Button.
It was believed by many in the press that this was an attempt by the FIA to thwart Vettel's domination of the season. He dominated the race with his first hat-trick of and won his sixth race out of eight races.
The second set of controversial mid-season changes were implemented at Silverstone , targeting the blown diffusers.
Red Bull believed the changes cost them about half a second per lap. On race day, Vettel made a better start, immediately took the lead and led the first half of the race.
A delay at one of his pit stops allowed Alonso to pass him in the pit lane and dropped Vettel back to third, behind Hamilton.
Despite a malfunctioning KERS unit, he was able to jump Hamilton in the stops and held off the faster Webber, who ignored a radio message from team principal Christian Horner to hold position, for second place, extending his lead in the championship.
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.
McLaren 's mechanical grip beat Red Bull in the wet in Hungary , and despite leading into the first corner from pole, he was quickly passed by both Hamilton and Button.
Vettel eventually finished second in the race, held in mixed conditions. In victory, Vettel extended his lead in the championship to 92 points and, even with seven races left, his tally of points surpassed his own record from for the highest number of championship points accumulated in a season.
Vettel led every lap from pole position in Singapore , despite a safety car period eliminating a second lead that he had held.
His ninth win of the season left only Jenson Button in championship contention, who was points behind with five races remaining.
Vettel arrived in Japan needing only a single championship point, tenth place, to secure his second championship. In the race, Vettel held the lead until the second pit-stop phase, when Button used the undercut to get past.
He tried to fight Alonso for the position, but after several unsuccessful passing attempts, his race engineer told him to hold position and defend his championship.
This podium finish secured his second successive title with four races remaining, making him the youngest ever double world champion and also the youngest back-to-back champion, joining only eight other drivers who had won consecutive titles.
At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix , Vettel took his fourteenth pole position of to equal the record of poles in a season set by Nigel Mansell in He returned to the pits, but suspension damage forced his first retirement since the Korean Grand Prix.
Vettel then broke the record for the most poles in a season at the next round, the season finale in Brazil.
He allowed teammate Webber to pass him as his problem worsened, but eventually finished second ahead of Button to complete a 1—2 sweep for the team upon Webber's only victory of the year.
Vettel completed the year with 15 poles, 11 victories, and 17 podiums from 19 races; he also earned a record total of points in the process.
Vettel remained at Red Bull for the season,  and was again partnered by Mark Webber. After the race, Vettel and Red Bull boss Christian Horner criticised Karthikeyan's driving, with Vettel calling Karthikeyan an "idiot",  and a "cucumber".
Vettel qualified in pole position for the first time in at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Vettel claimed his 2nd pole position for the season in Canada , however he dropped to 3rd after the first pit stops and then trying to go the remaining distance of the same tyres, he fell back in the closing stages and had to make a late stop for new tyres.
At Silverstone , Vettel qualified 4th after a wet session which, at one point, had to be suspended for over 1 hour due to torrential rain.
After the summer break, at the Belgian Grand Prix , he fought back from a poor qualifying, where he was knocked out in Q2 to start 10th, and a poor start in which he had to avoid the big accident ahead of him.
At Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix , Vettel took his 2nd career Grand Slam Pole, Fastest Lap and lead every lap and coupled with Alonso retiring on the first lap, he cut the gap down to just 4 points.
Abu Dhabi presented one of Vettel's most controversial qualifying sessions of the season when, after setting the third fastest time in Q3, he was told to stop the car.
Senna won his third F1 world championship title in at age Vettel started his fifth season with Red Bull Racing by qualifying on pole for the Australian Grand Prix ,  before going on to finish the race in third place, twenty-two seconds behind race winner Kimi Räikkönen.
Webber emerged from the pits a fraction of a second ahead of Vettel as they went side-by-side into the first corner.
Although Red Bull told both drivers that they were to finish with Webber to take the win, after two laps Vettel eventually overtook Webber for the lead with eleven laps remaining in the race.
Horner acknowledged that the already fragile relationship between the two drivers had further broken down as a result of the incident.
In the Chinese Grand Prix , Vettel qualified 9th, after not setting a time in Q3, before finishing 4th, setting fastest lap and crossing the line two-tenths behind 3rd placed Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel won from second on the grid in Bahrain , passing Nico Rosberg in the opening laps. Vettel maintained the championship lead with 4th in Spain , and 2nd at the Monaco Grand Prix.
He won in dominant fashion at Montreal , winning from pole position by 15 seconds and lapping everyone up to 5th, extending his lead to 36 points.
His lead was cut at the British Grand Prix as he was denied a likely win due to gearbox failure, but he bounced back to win his home race in Germany for the first time, despite pressure from Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean.
In Hungary , Vettel had to settle for 3rd behind Hamilton and Räikkönen, but wins in Belgium from 2nd on the grid , Italy , Singapore and Korea all 3 from pole put him 77 points clear with only 5 races to go.
With grand slams at Singapore and Korea, he became only the third man after Alberto Ascari and Jim Clark to take consecutive grand slams.
Vettel sealed his fourth world title at India on 27 October. Sebastian Vettel, on being booed on the podium. 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,   Vettel revealed that it had a negative impact on him.
For the 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 After struggling with reliability issues throughout winter testing, the season did not start much better for Vettel.
At the Australian Grand Prix , software issues meant Vettel qualified in twelfth position  and forced him to retire from the race after just three laps.
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.
On 4 October , Red Bull Racing announced that Vettel would be leaving the team at the end of the season, one year before his contract was due to expire.
In addition to suffering reliability problems, throughout Vettel struggled to get to grips with the Red Bull RB10 ,  and Pirelli's tyres.
Sebastian Vettel, on his lifelong dream of driving for Ferrari. Vettel mentioned he would like to drive for Ferrari at some point in his career and was rumoured to have a non-binding pre-contract, with options, to join them in On the day Vettel and Red Bull announced parting ways, team principal Christian Horner announced that Vettel was going to sign with Ferrari.
Vettel was denied an early release from his Red Bull contract to test the Ferrari car in Abu Dhabi post-race. Vettel followed that up with winning the Malaysian Grand Prix ,  his first race win for over a year and the first win for Ferrari for almost two years.
It was also his 40th Grand Prix win, putting him one win behind Ayrton Senna , the 3rd-placed driver on the all-time list. After the win, an emotional Vettel paid tribute to Michael Schumacher, saying that his hero's achievements with Ferrari made the first win all the more special.
Mercedes's executive director Toto Wolff admitted at the same time that Vettel was a title contender, saying that Ferrari's recovery over the winter was 'incredible'.
Vettel claimed the impact happened because of a brake issue that failed to slow the car down saying 'something broke on the front right' on the team radio.
Vettel commented that he lost his rhythm during the race and did not have enough confidence in the rear end of the car, but nevertheless remained positive about the performance potential of the car.
Vettel was in second for a long spell during the Spanish Grand Prix but due to a change of pit stop strategy, Lewis Hamilton got past and pulled away, leaving Vettel in third at the end of the race.
Mercedes made a strategic error in bringing dominant leader Hamilton in for new tyres at the late safety car, placing him right behind Vettel.
The duel that followed made Vettel fall back from Rosberg, but he managed to hold off Hamilton to finish an unlikely second.
In Canada , Vettel got his lowest qualifying position of the season, qualifying in 18th, and then received a five place grid penalty for overtaking under red flags in practice 3 that morning.
The race, however, was a success, as he finished 5th behind teammate Räikkönen. Following a 4th in Austria and 3rd at Silverstone that appeared to edge Vettel further away from a title challenge, he rebounded with a commanding win in the Hungarian Grand Prix , after a superb start from 3rd on the grid, which saw him slice past both Mercedes cars and retain the lead throughout.
It was dedicated to Jules Bianchi who died the week prior from injuries sustained in He however accepted a lot of work was needed to be done to catch up.
After the race he went on a furious rant about control tyre manufacturer Pirelli and the 'unacceptable' and 'unsafe' tyres that could have caused him serious injury had the explosion occurred in the Eau Rouge corner just before where it actually occurred and since it was the second such blowout at high speed during the weekend the first befell Nico Rosberg during practice.
Vettel was also unhappy with Pirelli's suggestion that the failures were due to the drivers going wide picking up debris, saying he never did.
Vettel came home second in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the first race for him with Ferrari at the team's home soil.
Amid a contract dispute regarding the venue's future Vettel once again went on the rampage and said that the race could not be lost and would 'rip the heart out of Formula One' if it did.
He also stated that he regarded his first podium for Ferrari at Monza as 'the best second place of his life'. Vettel was 0.
He went on to win the race from Ricciardo, thus surpassing Ayrton Senna 's victory count for his 42nd career win, moving him into third on the all-time list.
The title challenge once again diminished in the next race in Japan. Vettel did however score his tenth podium finish of the year, finishing third behind Hamilton and Rosberg at a track with significantly different attributes to Singapore.
Vettel scored another second place and with fastest lap of race at Sochi moving him to second place in Drivers' Championship following Nico Rosberg's retirement in the early parts of the race.
In the United States Vettel started from 13th due to an engine change penalty, but still charged his way to a podium, even challenging Rosberg for second on the final lap.
The third last race of the season in Mexico was a major disappointment, with Vettel being punted softly in the rear tyre by Daniel Ricciardo on the first corner entry, suffering a puncture.
Having had strong pace all weekend, Vettel's chances were all but gone and in a recovery attempt he first spun and then crashed out, losing second in the championship to Rosberg.
The penultimate race in Brazil was a strong weekend for Vettel, who finished far ahead of teammate Räikkönen on track with both having clean races.
He was not far off the Mercedes cars but had to settle for third. The final race in Abu Dhabi saw Vettel finish fourth following an error in qualifying that set him far down on the grid.
His recovery pace was impressive, albeit remaining one pit stop behind Räikkönen in third due to lost time early on. He ended the season in third place, and with three wins and 13 podiums, he declared the season as a 'miracle.
Despite falling down the order as a result of the first-lap incident, Vettel recovered to finish the race second. He had initially blamed Daniil Kvyat for his first-lap collision with Räikkönen, arguing that he had to take action to avoid a collision with Kvyat after Kvyat overtook him in the first corners of the race for third place, even accusing him of being a "madman" and describing Kvyat's overtaking manoeuvre as "suicidal", but later going on to describe the events of the first lap as a "racing incident".
Kvyat was handed a ten-second stop-go penalty and three penalty points on his licence. Vettel was given a ten-second penalty and two points on his licence under a dangerous driving rule clarified only a week before the race.
Vettel began his third season at Ferrari with victory in Australia , his first win in 18 months, finishing nearly ten seconds clear of Hamilton.
Vettel was beaten to pole by Räikkönen by less than a tenth, but took the lead during the one and only pit stop window halfway through the race; Vettel staying out a five laps longer to "overcut" the Finn.
Canada saw Vettel's record of finishing first or second in every race in come to an end. Having qualified second, Vettel slipped to fourth at the start and contact with Verstappen caused his front wing to be damaged.
Pitting to fix the problem, Vettel re-entered in eighteenth and last place. He also had damage to his floor, but the championship leader worked his way through the pack to eventually finish fourth, less than a second behind Ricciardo who claimed the final podium spot.
Just before the second Safety Car period was coming to an end, Vettel collided into the rear of race leader Hamilton, accusing his title rival of brake testing him.
FIA telemetry data showed that Hamilton had not used his brakes. The FIA investigated the Vettel-Hamilton incident further, but Vettel received no further punishment, although he 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.
Similar to Russia, Vettel chased down Bottas in an exciting finish to a rather processional race, but the Finn held him off to take his second career victory and put himself into contention in the championship battle.
A late puncture for Räikkönen appeared to have put Vettel on the podium, but he too suffered the same fate on the penultimate lap and dropped four places, costing him nine points.
Starting the race from pole, Vettel maintained the lead at turn one from Räikkönen. However, another issue, this time steering, affected Vettel throughout the race, allowing Räikkönen and the two Mercedes cars to put him under huge pressure.
Mercedes swapped their drivers by team order, giving Hamilton the chance to challenge the Ferrari's and Mercedes would swap them back if Hamilton could not get past the Ferrari's.
Hamilton could not get past and gave his position back to Bottas. Despite the steering problem, Vettel held on for victory, giving him a point lead over Hamilton heading into the sport's month-long summer break.
It was announced in Belgium that Vettel had signed a new three-year deal with Ferrari, keeping him at the Scuderia until However, Vettel retired on the opening lap of the race, which began in damp conditions, after colliding with Räikkönen and Verstappen and having tried to continue, Vettel hit the wall with his already severely damaged car.
It was the first time in Formula One history that both Ferraris retired from the first lap of a Grand Prix. Vettel's title hopes were dealt another blow in Malaysia , where his Ferrari had a turbo problem, which caused him to not set a time in qualifying.
Starting last, Vettel fought his way back through the field to eventually finish in fourth place. A bizarre crash with the Williams of Lance Stroll on the cool-down in-lap at the end of the race added more misery for Vettel; neither would be penalised.
Ferrari believed the issue was fixed, with Vettel starting the race in second in what was a must-win race.
However, the spark plug issue remained, and Vettel soon retired from the race. He needed a new front wing, whilst Hamilton suffered a puncture.
Hamilton would finish in ninth, meaning Vettel had to win the race to remain mathematically in contention for the title. Despite a good recovery, Vettel finished in fourth place, meaning Hamilton had won the title, joining Juan Manuel Fangio , Alain Prost , Schumacher and Vettel himself as quadruple world champions.
For the first time in Formula One history, two quadruple world champions, in the form of Vettel and Hamilton, would line-up at the start of a season.
For the second consecutive year, Vettel began the season with victory in Australia , after he took the lead whilst pitting under the Virtual Safety Car.
Vettel limped home in eighth place, with his championship lead reduced to 9 points. This was the 23rd different Grand Prix at which he had taken a pole, equalling Hamilton's record.
A Safety Car was deployed after the two Red Bulls collided, which allowed Bottas to finally pit and emerge ahead of Vettel, who then locked-up at the first turn at the restart trying to retake the lead from the Finn.
Hamilton went on to win the race, while Vettel finished in fourth and subsequently lost the championship lead to the Brit. Another fourth place in Spain followed,  before finishing second in Monaco.
Vettel qualified in third, behind the two Mercedes cars. Starting on the ultrasoft tyre, Vettel got a good start and was challenging Bottas for second going into the first corner.
However, he locked up and collided with the Finn, suffering front wing damage. He received a five-second penalty and eventually finished fifth, as Hamilton retook the championship lead.
Vettel recovered to finish in third place, and as a result of both Mercedes drivers retiring from the race with mechanical problems, Vettel again took the Championship lead.
In Britain , Vettel suffered neck problems after final practice, but did manage to take part in the Grand Prix. Vettel took the lead at the start of the race, while Räikkönen collided with Hamilton.
However, two Safety Cars saw Vettel lose the lead having pitted for a second time , leaving him behind Bottas and his worn tyres.
Vettel passed the Finn with five laps to go and went on to take victory, moving him into third place on the all-time list of most wins tied with Alain Prost.
It was his first retirement of the season as he lost the lead of the Championship to Hamilton, who won the race. His third win at Spa moved Vettel into third place for wins 52 and podiums , ahead of Prost, with only Schumacher and Hamilton ahead of him.
He recovered to cross the finishing line in fifth, but moved up to fourth with a penalty for Verstappen. A third place in Singapore followed, leaving Vettel 40 points behind Hamilton with only six races to go.
Vettel would finish where he started, whilst team orders at Mercedes saw Bottas let Hamilton through. At the start of Q3, the two Ferrari's were sent out on intermediates, on a track which was too dry, calling into question another poor strategy choice by the Scuderia.
Vettel made a fast start, moving up to fourth after the opening lap. However, Vettel and Verstappen collided in the latter stages of the race, meaning he would finish only sixth.
Vettel maintained his starting position 5th at the start of the race, with teammate Räikkönen taking the lead from Hamilton, which the Finn would eventually keep.
However, for the second consecutive race, Vettel spun trying to overtake a Red Bull, this time Ricciardo. Vettel was investigated in Brazil , after being adjudged to have failed to follow stewards' instructions at the weighbridge.
At the start of Q2, following an exploratory lap, Vettel pitted to change tyres and get a time in before rain fell, but was called for his car to be weighed.
He initially refused to stop his engine, and did not wait for the officials to push the car off the scales, instead driving off and causing his real wheels to spin and subsequently destroy the scales.
After showing impressive pace throughout pre-season testing in Barcelona, Vettel and Ferrari headed to Australia with many pundits believing they were the car to beat.
With Leclerc pulling away, Vettel came under pressure from Hamilton. He was eventually passed by Hamilton a couple of laps later, with Vettel's woes compounded as he spun and then suffered a front wing failure.
Vettel eventually finished fifth, as Hamilton inherited victory after a spark plug failure for Leclerc.
Vettel took pole position in Canada for a second consecutive year and his first pole in 17 races. On lap 48, a snap of oversteer caused Vettel to run wide onto the grass at turn 4.
As he came back onto the track, Hamilton was alongside, trying to overtake, but Vettel emerged still just in front.
However, he would receive a controversial five second penalty from the stewards, who believed he had returned to the track "in an unsafe manner and forced car 44 Hamilton off track".
Vettel initially appeared to refuse to go on the podium. After persuasion, he did, but not before he swapped the number one and two signs in front of Hamilton's Mercedes and his own Ferrari car.
However, Verstappen soon passed him and in trying to move back in front of the Dutchman, Vettel collided into the back of the Red Bull.
He received a ten-second penalty and finished eventually in sixteenth place. At his home race in Germany , Vettel was unable to qualify after a turbo issue, meaning he would start in last place.
A race of mixed conditions, with numerous crashes and Safety Cars, Vettel stayed out of trouble and worked his way through the field to finish in second place behind Verstappen.
Formula One returned from its summer break in Belgium , but the weekend was marred by the tragic death of Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert.
Vettel received a second stop-go penalty and eventually finished in thirteenth place. Vettel was on provisional pole, but could not improve on his final lap, which allowed teammate Leclerc to take a third consecutive pole and Hamilton to join him on the front row, leaving Vettel in third place on the grid.
Vettel pitted earliest of the front runners and with the slower pace that Leclerc and Hamilton had been showing at the front, this allowed to him to undercut and jump both of them to take the lead.
Three Safety Cars would follow, but Vettel would hold on for his first victory in over a year. For the first time, Vettel had won five times at the same circuit.
However, radio transmissions suggested that Ferrari wanted to swap their drivers, but with Vettel being the quicker driver, he remained in front.
Vettel retired moments later with a MGU-K problem; his first retirement of the season. Vettel took his fifth pole position in Japan in a qualifying session pushed forward to Sunday morning due to Typhoon Hagibis.
Bottas took victory, with Vettel fending off Hamilton for second place. This result ended Vettel's mathematical chances of winning the Drivers' Championship.
After running in third for the majority of the race, a Safety Car allowed Red Bull's Alexander Albon and teammate Leclerc to overtake him.
Vettel tried to pass Leclerc almost immediately after being quite aggressively overtaken by him, but the two Ferrari's collided, resulting in both suffering race ending damage, leaving Vettel not reaching the chequered flag for the third time in five races.
Vettel also finished fifth in the Drivers' Championship, with Leclerc becoming only the second teammate in his career to outscore him across a season, after Ricciardo in Ferrari announced they would not extend Vettel's contract beyond the season.
Team principal Mattia Binotto explained there was "no specific reason" for the decision, though both parties noted it was an amicable agreement.
The first ten races of the original calendar were either rescheduled, postponed or cancelled altogether.
On June 2nd, the first eight races of a rescheduled calendar were announced, with the season starting in Austria on the first weekend of July.
In the first qualifying session of the year, Ferrari lacked pace, with Vettel being knocked out in Q2 and starting 11th. Vettel lost the individual competition however, in first heat, in his second battle against Kovalainen.
Vettel also competed in the Race of Champions , alongside Michael Schumacher. Once again they won the Nations' Cup Title after a close final against Scandinavia.
In the edition , on home ground in Düsseldorf , Vettel again teamed up with Schumacher to win the fourth consecutive Nations Cup. 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 , Vettel was knocked out in the first heat for the Race of Champions, but went on to win the Nations Cup for Germany by himself with an unprecedented 7 consecutive victories, after his teammate Pascal Wehrlein was injured earlier in a crash.
In the event in Mexico, Vettel teamed up with Mick Schumacher , where they reached the final of the Nations Cup, but finished runners-up 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 9th appearance , he finished the event without winning a title, although he managed to win the ROC Skills Challenge.
Vettel's passion for different helmet designs started at a young age. From his early days in karting, he has worked with helmet designer Jens Munser.
After switching to Red Bull in , Vettel started regularly using a variety of new helmet designs. Some designs were small changes to his original Red Bull design, while others are completely original designs, such as the one he used at the 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. Vettel started his campaign with a new design in honour of Felix Baumgartner , for his world record Red Bull Stratos space jump in October 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.
After moving to the Ferrari team, prior to the start of the season Vettel said that he will no longer change helmet designs so often and after choosing a new design, having had a Red Bull design since he was 12, will try to stick to one design for the year, which was also enforced by a FIA rule banning 'significant' helmet changes in-season.
For the Italian Grand Prix he changed the German flag stripe on his helmet to an Italian flag stripe in celebration of Ferrari's home race.
Like a ship, a car should be named after a girl as it's sexy". 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". Nevertheless, the similarities are 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, not even stopping to eat or shower, before he could legally take to the roads, and said his passion for cars was nurtured by watching Schumacher compete.
After winning his first championship in , and being hailed as the 'Next Schumacher', Vettel has 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.
They both clinched their second successive titles before the seasons were finished unlike their previous year , and in only their fourth full seasons.
Both drivers became the youngest ever double world champions at the time, by doing this. In , Pirelli 's 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 and improve their racing.
The "only other driver that asks us a lot of questions" is Michael Schumacher. Hembery "found that interesting. After Schumacher was severely injured in a skiing accident in late , Vettel was on hand to collect a German Millennium-Bambi award for his life achievements, on his behalf, along with Schumacher's long-term manager Sabine Kehm a year later.
The two of them had got to know each other well 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 , Vettel cited Schumacher as one of his inspirations in becoming a Ferrari driver from , saying: "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.
This was at the age of 27, exactly the same age as Schumacher winning his first race with the team. Additionally, both Schumacher and Vettel finished 3rd in the Drivers' Championship in their debut seasons with Ferrari, scoring 3 wins each.
Both Vettel and Schumacher also won their first ever World Championship in car number 5. Vettel was named Rookie of the Year at the annual Autosport Awards in In , Vettel was awarded the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy , for achievements in the season.
In the same year, he won the International Racing Driver category at the Autosport Awards for the first time, and has since won this award for three successive years — It features increased engine power, revised bodywork and lower suspension than the standard model.
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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 , 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.
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TMR Unit Trust. Born and raised a Bull, but now very much a Prancing Horse, F1's poster boy of early achievement had won more than all but two drivers in history by the time he was just 26, including back-to-back world titles between and In the chase to the chequered flag, he likes to lead from the front and just like his hero, Michael Schumacher, Vettel has settled in as a race-winning leader at Ferrari.
But for all his competitive streak, Vettel has a playful side too and has been known to let loose with a spot of Beatles karaoke - and baby can he drive a car.
Alongside his four world crowns he can boast more than 50 pole positions and race victories, ranking him — statistically - above many of the biggest names in F1 history.
Opposites off track — Hamilton leading a glamorous public life while Vettel is a private family man — the duo have often been all too evenly matched on Sundays as they bid not just for more world titles, but to be hailed the best of their generation.
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