F1 » Vettel picks up another award

Sebastian Vettel breaks the hold of athletics and tennis on annual BBC sports award after winning fourth F1 world title

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December 16, 2013 8:59 AM

So they gave the sports personailty of the year to someone who hits a felt covered rubber ball about rather than Tom Sykes who wrestled a superbike round various race tracks, risking life and limb, to win the WorldSuperbike Championship. Seems fair.


December 16, 2013 9:05 AM

I was watching this bit and said Vettel deserves the award but they'll never give it too him, 2 seconds later they did.

Congratulations to Andy Murray, fully deserved.


December 16, 2013 9:33 AM

I think the likes of Bolt , Raffa are much more deserving as their success is more down to individual talent rather than a team event specially when in the case of Red Bull racing where the car factor out-ways driver input by 70-30 in the case of Red Bull and its driver..

For me Schumacher doing what he did at Ferrari was epic as he managed and drove a under performing Ferrari team to Success in the late nineties early 2000s and would for me be deserving of this award on more than one occasion.

I Time for Newey to be knighted I have never seen an engineer have such influence regards F1 results over the years Rory Byrne had Schumi Newey guided many drivers to titles on both sides of the Atlantic and for me is the main reason why Vettel has finished in-front of Alonso over the last few years.

Anyway congratulations to Vettel for taking full advantage of his situation.


December 16, 2013 10:28 AM

spicey. maybe you didn't notice, but seb also took an underperforming "jaguar/bull " to four consecutive titles. did mark or dc do that?
you can give a good car to any driver, but in the end, it is the driver that makes the difference. look how another driver has had the best car and did not win the title!


December 16, 2013 11:44 AM

richard thanks for the halarious comments mate. Vettel driving underperforming cars? LMFAO . Anyway we must respect Dietrich for saving those jobs at Jaguar.

Now, Newy has said that his favourite car was the RB6 not only because it was the first of the Red Bull cars to win a tittle but mainly because it was the evolution of the RB5 which he said was the car that announced Red Bulls Racings arrival as a real challenger for both constructor and WDC, which I can well understand as if Not for Brawn getting the jump on everyone regards the EDD regards clarifications to its legality Vettel would now be a 5 time world champion as the RB6 5 was the stronger car come the end of the 2009 season with Vettel only finishing 11 points behind Button as for the RB6 Vettel that season was labelled the crash kid and if not for some mistakes from the youngster the RB6 would have been more dominant as for the RB7 and 9 cars they were in different league to the rest by far and in 2012 the RB8 was behind


December 16, 2013 11:47 AM

This is a bit of a surprise - F1 drivers have won the main Sports Personality Of The Year award more often than any sport other than athletics.

This is even more surprising - Only 3 people have won the award twice and two of those occasions were F1 drivers.

This is completely shocking - The 2 drivers that won it twice were two of the luckiest champions in F1 history and both had the "personality" of a wet cloth, Mansell and Dhill.


December 16, 2013 12:04 PM


the Mclaren in terms of straight line speed but wit Mclaren employing members from the kwik fit team and generally imploding in 2012 the development ability of the Red Bull racing team along with their Aero package was just to much for the rest , Aero 1 straight line speed 0.

So richard cant really see which of those car Vettel was driving that underperformed.

Regards Webber 9 Gp wins in how many years driving top cars says it all really and as for DC 13 gp wins in 15 years driving mainly Newey cars I think those statts speak for themselves when you compare a fellow Brit who had 20 wins in only 6 years driving for a inconsistent team. Cant imagine what records would have been broken if he was not disliked by Horner and Marko.


December 16, 2013 12:15 PM

spicey. maybe you are a tad confused?

how many races had the bull won before seb arrived?
and when schumi arrived in Ferrari, the car had won races.

schumi was able to succeed with a car that was already winning, whereas seb was able to win in a car that had never won.

spot the difference yet?

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