Sebastian Vettel

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Full Name: 
Sebastian Vettel
Birth Date: 
2 July, 1987
Birth Place: 
Heppenheim
Driver Status: 
Current
Driver Height: 
176cm
Driver Weight: 
58kg

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Championship Titles

258
Races
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Wins
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Poles
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Sebastian Vettel Biography

Sebastian Vettel - Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Driver

Sebastian Vettel Career Overview and Fast Links

  • Career Overview

  • 2021 Aston Martin F1 Launch

  • Route to F1

  • F1 BMW Sauber (2007)

  • F1 Scuderia Toro Rosso (2007, 2008)

  • F1 Red Bull (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

  • F1 Ferrari (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

  • F1 Aston Martin (2021)

  • Fun Facts

Sebastian Vettel F1 Career Overview

Sebastian Vettel will compete with the Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team in the 2021 F1 World Championship for what will be his 14th full season in F1 and his first season with the incoming British manufacturer, which has rebranded from Racing Point.

One of the greatest F1 drivers of all-time, while many argue Sebastian Vettel’s best days are now behind him, the wily German racer is still considered something of a dark horse with the new but still very familiar Aston Martin F1 Team.

A driver that has in the past relished being the plucky underdog as much as he has been the dominant favourite, while Vettel’s most recent tenure with Ferrari will perhaps be remembered for its missed opportunities, it does little to overshadow a period when he was the unstoppable force in F1 towards the end of the V8 era with Red Bull Racing.

The man that elevated Red Bull into the F1 powerhouse it is today, he is also the shining example of its junior programme that paved the way for the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly.

To date [March 2021] Vettel has won four F1 World Championships (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2913 - Red Bull), achieved 53 race wins across three teams (Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Ferrari) and recorded 121 podiums from 257 starts.

Sebastian Vettel Net Worth 2021: $140 million (source)

Sebastian Vettel Driver Salary 2021: $36 million approx (source)

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2021 Aston Martin F1 Team Launch

 

 

Sebastian Vettel - Route to F1 

Rapidly progressing through the junior ranks, Vettel was a member of the Red Bull Junior Programme long before the company embarked on its F1 project, being inducted in 1998 at the age of 11.

Indeed, with Red Bull’s European presence at the time limited to F3 and F3000, Vettel seemed primed for a potential career stateside and was given the chance to test a Champ Car (CART) Reynard as early as 2003 at the age of 16.

Nonetheless, he remained in Europe to compete in the German-based Formula BMW ADAC Championship in 2004, dominating it with 18 wins from 20 races.

F3

The following year Vettel was promoted to the Formula 3 Euro Series with ASL Mucke Motorsport and, after a difficult start to the year, went on to finish strongly with a run of six podiums in the latter ten races. He’d end the year fifth in the standings behind runaway champion - and future F1 adversary - Lewis Hamilton. 

Going on to replace Hamilton in the title-defending ASM squad for 2006, Vettel was locked in a season-long battle with British racer Paul di Resta. Trading wins in a closely-contested series, Vettel would end up losing out to the Scotsman by nine points.

Nevertheless, Vettel’s status as Germany’s hot new prospect in what was the autumn years of Michael Schumacher’s F1 career had created a significant amount of buzz around him, earning him interest from BMW on top of his Red Bull associations.

Having received an F1 test with Williams - at the time using BMW engines - as a prize for winning the 2005 F3 Euro Series Rookie Cup, he stayed on the German firm’s books for its foray into the series as a full constructor in 2006 (as BMW Sauber). 

This would see him promoted to test driver mid-way through the year when BMW Sauber’s erstwhile third driver - Robert Kubica - was promoted to a race seat in place of Jacques Villeneuve. As a result, Vettel was given Friday FP1 duties for the last five rounds of the 2006 F1 season.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series

During the same year Vettel made his debut in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Carlin and promptly impressed by winning on his debut in Misano. He raced again the following round at Spa but an accident almost forced his finger to be amputated, leading him to turn his focus back to competing in F3.

The following year he was given a full-time drive with Carlin and was installed as the pre-season favourite, a status he boosted with one win and three wins from the opening seven races.

However, after Kubica was forced out of the 2007 United States Grand Prix following a monster smash in Canada, Vettel was called up as his substitute In Indianapolis (see below). While Kubica returned for the following race, Vettel was subsequently lured away from BMW to join Toro Rosso instead, thus ending his participation in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. 

Despite contesting only four of the nine rounds, he was still classified fifth in the standings at the end of the year.

Sebastian Vettel F1 Career - Year-by-Year (2008 - Present)

Sebastian Vettel 2007 F1 Results Overview
BMW Sauber F1.07 / Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR2 Ferrari
-Races8 [BMW - 1 / Toro Rosso - 7]
-Wins0
-Podiums0
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish4th (Chinese GP)
-2009 F1 Points6
-2009 F1 Championship Standing14th

After regulations during 2006 allowing a selection of teams - including BMW Sauber - to run third drivers in first free practice, the FIA halted that procedure for 2007 to revert back to the standard trio of free practice sessions contested by all teams. 

As such, Vettel only received two free practice outings with BMW Sauber during the opening two rounds before taking on the reserve role. However, this would see him promoted to a race seat at the United States Grand Prix in place of Kubica,.

Vettel was instantly up to speed in the competitive F1.07 and after qualifying in seventh position, went on to finish eighth to make him the youngest driver (at the time) to score points in F1 at 19 years and 349 days.

His performance was keenly watched by Red Bull, who still managed Vettel’s career, since it was already priming him for a move into F1 for 2008. However, with BMW seemingly also keen to retain the services of the youngster, Red Bull moved ahead with its plans and subsequently offered Vettel the chance to complete the season from Round 11 in place of Scott Speed.

In only its second season of F1 competition, Toro Rosso - formed out of the ashes of the now defunct Minardi team - wasn’t enjoying a marked improvement on its debut year in which it was allowed to run a detuned V10 and only scored a single point.

Using a variant of the previous year’s Red Bull RB3 - itself hardly a front runner - the STR 2 powered by Ferrari V8 engines (rather than Red Bull’s Renault units) was cumbersome and underpowered, even if its results were elevated by being largely quicker than rivals Spyker and Super Aguri.

However, in the hands of Vettel Toro Rosso enjoyed a late season resurgence with the German demonstrating his impressive wet weather prowess at the Fuji Speedway by clawing his way up to third position until a mistake under the safety car saw him rear-end the sister Red Bull of Mark Webber, putting them out of the race.

He was initially punished with a grid penalty for the next race - and sternly criticised by Webber - until amateur video showed Vettel was caught out by leader Lewis Hamilton excessively slowing up front, giving him no time to react.

A week later in China, however, Vettel once again starred in mixed conditions to finish fourth for what was only the team’s second ever points’ finish in the sport.

Sebastian Vettel 2008 F1 Results Overview
Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR2B/STR3 Ferrari
-Races18
-Wins1
-Podiums1
-Pole Positions1
-Best Finish1st (Italian GP)
-2008 F1 Points35
-2008 F1 Championship Standing8th

With Vettel’s early promotion also containing a deal to compete in 2008, he began the year with an updated version of the STR2 and subsequently struggled to make headway beyond the rear-half of the field.

However, the belated launch of the Ferrari-powered STR3 - delayed because Red Bull was no longer allowed to effectively use ‘hand me down’ designs -  from Monaco onwards delivered his first points’ of the year with a run to fifth position and from thereon Vettel was a regular top ten finisher and often out-performing the Red Bulls.

After notching up top six results in Valencia and in Belgium, Vettel proceeded to pull off one of F1’s biggest shock results with a victory from pole position in the Italian Grand Prix. Benefiting from the levelling playing field of wet conditions for both qualifying and the race, which led to several pre-race favourites further down the order than usual on a topsy-turvy grid, Vettel nonetheless showed exemplary skills in drying conditions to not only control the lead over McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen but continually extend it, winning by more than 12secs.

A remarkable result for a team that was considered - despite the obvious talents of Vettel - a minnow at the beginning of the year, his success came at Toro Rosso’s home venue and served as a poignant moment of glory for the many team members that had served under its former much-loved (but perennially unsuccessful) Minardi guise. 

The win marked the first-ever race win for either of the Red Bull teams in what was considered a sharp indictment for the bigger budget ‘A Team’, not least when Vettel reeled off the year with six top six results from the final seven races to secure eighth in the standings, 14 points ahead of Webber.

Sebastian Vettel 2009 F1 Results Overview
Red Bull Racing - RB5 Renault
-Races17
-Wins4
-Podiums8
-Pole Positions4
-Best Finish1st (Chinese GP, British GP, Japanese GP, Abu Dhabi GP)
-2009 F1 Points84 Points
-2009 F1 Championship Standing2nd
 

Unsurprisingly Vettel was promoted to Red Bull Racing for the 2009 F1 season, which coincided with the overhaul of technical regulations that introduced revised aerodynamics that made the cars look significantly different, plus innovations such as KERS.

The changes led to a substantial turnaround in the hierarchy with the erstwhile front-runners Ferrari, McLaren and BMW failing to grasp the changes quickly, allowing instead BrawnGP, Red Bull and Toyota to steal a march.

With Vettel now in its armoury and technical director Adrian Newey confident the regulation changes would signal a change in fortunes, Red Bull began the year in buoyant mood.

However, while the Red Bull RB5 was certainly rapid, it was caught napping by BrawnGP’s clever use of a double diffuser, the team having been borne out of the remnants of the Honda project which - having done much of the legwork for the design of the BGP 001 - went on to see it become dominant force with effectively no credit.

For the most part Red Bull led the chase with Vettel the only person able to get close to Brawn’s early season dominance with a win in China - the team’s first - that punctured Jenson Button’s six wins from seven races. 

Thereafter Vettel added three more wins at Silverstone, Suzuka and Abu Dhabi, lifting him to second in the standings, but nine points off Button despite Red Bull proving the more competitive team during the latter half of the year.

Sebastian Vettel 2010 F1 Results Overview
Red Bull Racing - RB6 Renault
-Races19
-Wins5
-Podiums10
-Pole Positions10
-Best Finish1st (Malaysian GP, European GP, Japanese GP, Brazilian GP, Abu Dhabi GP)
-2010 F1 Points256 Points
-2010 F1 Championship Standing1st

After such a strong end to the 2009 F1 season, Vettel was regarded as the pre-season favourite heading into 2010, a status he’d go on to honour with a spectacular title victory that made him the sport’s youngest ever champion at 23 years and 98 days.

Not that he had it easy, however, in a campaign that only came alive during the latter stages of the year after a rollercoaster of fortunes. Indeed, though Vettel was fearsomely quick on his day, he only had two wins to his name coming into the second-half of the year and was adrift of what seemed to be a three-way title fight between Fernando Alonso, team-mate Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. 

Matters weren’t helped by brewing friction between himself and Webber, perpetuated by a high-speed collision during the Turkish Grand Prix after which each driver blamed the other and refused to take any responsibility for what was a catastrophic double DNF for the team.

With four races of the season remaining, Vettel’s title hopes seemed slim from fourth overall, not least because Webber led him at the head of the standings by 21 points. However, a win in Japan and Brazil gave him a fighting chance heading into the Abu Dhabi finale, despite an ill-timed DNF in Korea in between.

One of three drivers with a mathematical chance, Vettel had the tallest odds with 231 points - 15 points adrift of leader Alonso and seven points behind Webber.

However, Vettel did his bit to perfection with a resounding win from pole position, leaving it up to Alonso and Webber to secure the points they needed to hold him off. In the end both drivers would suffer tyre issues that put them out of position, with an incensed Alonso only able to finish seventh, with Webber eighth. 

It meant, despite not leading the standings at any other stage in the year, Vettel was crowned champion by four points.

Sebastian Vettel 2011 F1 Results Overview
Red Bull Racing - RB7
-Races19
-Wins11
-Podiums17
-Pole Positions15
-Best Finish1st (Australian GP, Malaysian GP, Turkish GP, Spanish GP, Monaco GP, European GP, Belgian GP, Italian GP, Singapore GP, Korean GP, Indian GP)
-2011 F1 Points392 Points
-2011 F1 Championship Standing1st

Buoyed by the momentum of his last gasp title win, Vettel made it look considerably easier in 2011 as he strolled to a second consecutive championship.

Laying the foundation with six wins and three second place finishes from the opening nine races, Vettel was already 78 points clear before the second-half of the season. 

While tweaks to the regulations by the FIA were seen by some as a way to rein in the German’s runaway advantage, Vettel rammed home the initiative during the second half of the year with five more victories to close the season with a vast 122 point margin over runner-up Fernando Alonso.

Sebastian Vettel 2012 F1 Results Overview
Red Bull Racing - RB8 Renault
-Races20
-Wins5
-Podiums10
-Pole Positions6
-Best Finish1st (Bahrain GP, Singapore GP, Japanese GP, Korean GP, Indian GP)
-2012 F1 Points281 Points
-2012 F1 Championship Standing1st

With a target fixed firmly on Vettel’s back for 2012, it appeared Ferrari and McLaren had closed the gap to Red Bull over the winter. However, with a tweak to the Pirelli tyres delivering some wild results in the opening rounds - leading to seven different race winners from the opening seven races, Vettel was still considered a title contender.

Even so, with seven rounds of the season remaining Vettel appeared out of the running having slipped 39 points behind Ferrari’s Alonso.

Nevertheless, Vettel struck back with a dominant run of four consecutive wins in Singapore, Japan, Korea and India that turned his season around and put him ahead of Alonso with three rounds to go. He’d go on to protect his advantage during the final event, defeating Alonso by three points for his third world title.

Sebastian Vettel 2013 F1 Results Overview
Infiniti Red Bull Racing - RB9 Renault
-Races19
-Wins13
-Podiums16
-Pole Positions9
-Best Finish1st (Malaysian GP, Bahrain GP, Canadian GP, German GP, Belgian GP, Italian GP, Singapore GP, Korean GP, Japanese GP, Indian GP, Abu Dhabi GP, USA GP, Brazilian GP)
-2013 F1 Points397 Points
-2013 F1 Championship Standing1st

After the close-call of 2012, Vettel set about stamping his mark on the so-called ‘Red Bull era’ by making it four-in-a-row, an endeavour he achieved in a record-breaking rout of dominance.

Scoring four wins during first-half of the year - one of which included a controversial and vilifying success in Malaysia during which he defied team orders by overtaking team-mate Webber - Vettel had set the foundation for what seemed destined to be a quadruple success.

And yet Vettel took his form to another level during the second-half, steaming clear with a spectacular run of nine wins from the remaining nine races, in so doing confirming his status as the ‘next Schumacher’ by matching his countryman’s record for most wins in a season (13).

Sebastian Vettel 2014 F1 Results Overview
Infinity Red Bull Racing - RB10 Renault
-Races19
-Wins0
-Podiums4
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish2nd (Singapore GP)
-2014 F1 Points167 Points
-2014 F1 Championship Standing5th

Vettel’s fourth title brought with it the end of the V8 era, with the 2014 F1 season heralding new technically impressive, more efficient - yet more complex - V6 Hybrid engines and more changes to the chassis.

Posing a fresh challenge for Vettel, whose driving style was well-suited to the outgoing cars, the fresh era brought about a fresh look at the front of the field as Mercedes stole a march on the opposition with a far superior car that was both more powerful than the opposition, as well as seemingly easier to handle.

Mercedes’ effort was in stark contrast to Red Bull who, despite doing its bit by designing a car that played to its strengths in terms of handling, was let down by a Renault power unit that was slower and significantly less reliable.

It meant the team was playing catch up for much of the year, leaving Vettel well off the pace from the word go. Worse still, though it was clear Red Bull didn’t have the means with which to challenge Mercedes, Vettel found himself being comfortably out-performed by new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo too.

A clearly frustrated Vettel could only manage four podiums all year - compared with Ricciardo’s three wins - which prompted him to look elsewhere from 2015 and led to him leaving Red Bull for the first time in his career to join Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel 2015 F1 Results Overview
Scuderia Ferrari - SF15-T 
-Races19
-Wins3
-Podiums13
-Pole Positions1
-Best Finish1st (Malaysian GP, Hungarian GP, Singapore GP)
-2015 F1 Points278 Points
-2015 F1 Championship Standing3rd

As a German in a Ferrari, Vettel’s arrival at the Scuderia certainly drew obvious parallels with a certain Schumacher some 19 years earlier. 

Back then Schumacher found a team desperate to turn around a lengthy slump and while the Ferrari of 2015 certainly didn’t have to look so far back to find its most recent success, the Italian outfit was - like Red Bull - reeling from a disappointing, Mercedes-influenced 2014 campaign. 

Vettel’s arrival installed fresh belief in the team though and its revitalised racer appeared to relish a new status as relative underdog amid a Mercedes stronghold that while dominant, showed fractures as a consequence of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s simmering internal feuds.

It didn’t take long for Vettel to make his presence felt with a win in only his second ‘red’ race in Malaysia and while it didn’t quite kick-start the title tilt many were hoping for, he looked back to his best with two more victories in Hungary and Singapore, plus ten podiums earning him third overall.


 
Sebastian Vettel 2016 F1 Results Overview
Scuderia Ferrari - SF16-H
-Races21
-Wins0
-Podiums7
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish2nd (Chinese GP, Canadian GP, European GP)
-2016 F1 Points212 Points
-2016 Championship Standing4th

With Ferrari seen as the emerging threat to Mercedes’ dominance heading into 2016, anticipation was certainly raised that Vettel could mount a more significant challenge.

However, while Mercedes took a step forward, Ferrari’s progress appeared to stall, which coupled to a revival of fortunes for Red Bull saw Vettel reduced to something of a bit-part player all year.

Indeed, the heightened expectations appeared to ruffle Vettel’s feathers at times. He erroneously blamed Daniil Kvyat for an incident at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix that took both himself and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen out, before the Red Bull racer again drew Vettel’s ire after a collision at the start of the Russian Grand Prix, which he branded ‘suicidal’.

However, things took a more sinister turn later in the year when Vettel was crossed up in a skirmish with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo during the closing stages of the Mexican Grand Prix. Believing to have been denied a podium after Verstappen ran off track and rejoined ahead of him, Vettel took to the radio to deliver a tirade of expletives aimed at FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting.

Though he was indeed given third place back when Verstappen was penalised, the German ended up losing it anyway for a separate punishment for blocking Ricciardo under braking. Despite the alarming vitriol, Vettel escaped punishment and later apologised for the outburst.

Over the course of the year, Vettel failed to score a race win and was beaten to third overall by Ricciardo, despite picking up seven podiums along the way.

Sebastian Vettel 2017 F1 Results Overview
Scuderia Ferrari - SF70H
-Races20
-Wins5
-Podiums13
-Pole Positions4
-Best Finish1st (Australian GP, Bahrain GP, Monaco GP, Hungarian GP, Brazilian GP)
-2017 F1 Points317 Points
-2017 F1 Championship Standing2nd

The 2017 F1 season began significantly better for Vettel with wins from two of the opening three races in Australia and Bahrain, the first of which was achieved with a masterstroke strategy that saw Ferrari - unusually - outwit Mercedes.

A third win in Monaco upped Vettel’s burgeoning advantage out front, with a fourth success of the year in Hungary allowing him to take a 14 point lead into the summer break.

However, on the return to action in Belgium (nine rounds to go), Hamilton and Mercedes pushed up into another gear with five wins from the next six races, which coupled to a pair of ill-timed DNFs in Singapore (collision) and Japan (technical) saw the championship fight get away from him. 

Amid this though was a bizarre incident during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for which Vettel was widely condemned when - under the safety car - he intentionally pulled alongside Hamilton and turned into him, a reaction to what he felt was the Briton brake-testing him. Vettel was given a stop-go penalty in the race but received no further sanctions after an apology.

He’d end the year as runner-up 46 points adrift of Hamilton, who drew level with Vettel on the all-time list with his fourth World Championship title.

Sebastian Vettel 2018 F1 Results Overview
Scuderia Ferrari - SF71H
-Races21
-Wins5
-Podiums12
-Pole Positions5
-Best Finish1st (Australian GP, Bahrain GP, Canadian GP, British GP, Belgian GP, )
-2018 F1 Points320 Points
-2014 F1 Championship Standing2nd

While Hamilton and Vettel were pitched against one another in a so-called ‘fight for five’ titles coming into 2018, once again the German couldn’t keep pace with his Mercedes rival despite the perception Ferrari had come into the year with a stronger car than Mercedes.

Though Vettel began the year well with victories in each of the opening two races, errors crept into his armoury just as Hamilton found his groove, putting distance between them even before a catastrophic error at his home German Grand Prix led him to slide off track while leading.

By the second-half of the year Hamilton was again untouchable, reeling off eight wins from the latter 11 races to romp home to a fifth world title, with Vettel runner-up again.

Sebastian Vettel 2019 F1 Results Overview
Scuderia Ferrari - SF90
-Races21
-Wins1
-Podiums9
-Pole Positions2
-Best Finish1st (Singapore GP)
-2019 F1 Points240 Points
-2019 F1 Championship Standing5th

Coming into the 2019 F1 season, Ferrari were again perceived to have gotten the jump on Mercedes ahead of the year after a strong showing in testing but once the opening round had rolled around it appeared its rivals had been employing a degree of sandbagging.

It led to a lacklustre start to the year that yielded only five podiums from the opening half of the season. This included a controversial loss of his victory on the road in Canada when Vettel - while under pressure from Hamilton - made a mistake at Turn 3 that caused his car to snap into oversteer. 

Correcting it but coming across the grass into the path of Hamilton, who was squeezed close to the wall on the exit, Vettel was handed a five-second time penalty that dropped him to second place on the classification. In protest, when Vettel climbed out of the Ferrari in parc ferme he took Hamilton’s No.1 board and placed it in front of his car.

While many agreed the penalty was harsh, it was one of several curious errors that raised questions over the course of the year, most notably an innocuous spin to a stop during the Italian Grand Prix - a race he’d never won in Ferrari colours - that led him to lurch forward onto the track to recover right into the path of the oncoming field. Clipping an unsighted Lance Stroll to send him off track, he was given a stop-and-go penalty as punishment.

Ironically, his error-strewn performance coincided with new team-mate Charles Leclerc picking up his second win in little more than a week. While Vettel largely had the measure of Kimi Raikkonen in the four years they spent as team-mates, Vettel found a more precocious match in Leclerc, the young Monegasque emerging as the season’s standout in what was only his second year of F1.

The frustration of having his number one status at Ferrari questioned gave rise to rumours of sizzling tensions behind the scenes, which led to a controversial collision during the Brazilian Grand Prix when Leclerc, having just passed Vettel, found the German attempting to re-pass at the next bend, only for the pair to collide and retire. 

With Vettel’s sole win of the year coming in Singapore - compared with Leclerc two at Spa and Monza - the decision was taken during the longer-than-anticipated off-season that his contract wouldn’t be renewed beyond 2020.

Sebastian Vettel 2020 F1 Results Overview
Scuderia Ferrari - SF1000
-Races17
-Wins0
-Podiums1
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish3rd (Turkish GP)
-2020 F1 Points33
-2020 F1 Championship Standing13th

Coming into 2020 knowing this would be his final season with Ferrari, while Vettel might have hoped to end his tenure at the team with a flourish, he would instead find himself hobbled by a woefully uncompetitive car he couldn’t extract the best from.

Indeed, a ruling by the FIA during the closing stages of the 2019 F1 season had declared Ferrari to be in breach of fuel flow regulations, which at the time appeared to have been giving the team a considerable advantage over a single lap in qualifying as demonstrated by a streak of six pole positions in the run up to the US Grand Prix.

Though the FIA was coy in explaining exactly what Ferrari had done wrong - much to the disdain of its rivals - the car was subsequently well off the pace in the final two events of the year.

As such, by the time the 2020 F1 season eventually arrived, Ferrari hadn’t gotten on top of the forced re-design and found itself with an engine strangled of its power and a chassis that was unwieldy to drive. While Leclerc made the best of a bad situation - safe in the knowledge he had a contract in his back pocket - Vettel barely played a part during the year, finishing more races outside the points than in them.

His only highlight proved to be a third place finish in the Turkish Grand Prix as he laboured to a lowly 13th in the overall standings with 33 points, compared with Leclerc on 98.

Sebastian Vettel will race with Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team in the 2021 F1 World Championship

Despite his damp squib of an exit from Ferrari, Vettel’s stock as a four-time world champion remained fairly high and he was subsequently linked to a number of teams, including Renault, though early suggestions of a return to Red Bull or AlphaTauri were quickly dismissed.

The rumour that did persist though was a switch to Racing Point, a team enjoying its best-ever season in 2020 and on the cusp of morphing into the factory Aston Martin F1 Team for 2021. 

Seeing the potential of having one of the F1’s most successful drivers on its books, Aston Martin duly moved to bring him into the team for 2021. 

His appointment didn’t come without controversy though as the deal forced Sergio Perez - who took the team to a win and fourth overall - to make way for the German despite the large gulf of results achieved during 2020. Vettel’s team-mate Lance Stroll was already assured of a seat by virtue of his connections to team owner Lawrence Stroll.

It remains to be seen whether the move to less pressured surroundings will be the tonic to inspire Vettel onto the performances that made him such a sensation on his debut with Toro Rosso 13 years ago.

Sebastian Vettel Fast Facts

  • Sebastian Vettel holds a number of records in F1 as a consequence of his four consecutive world titles between 2010-2013

    • Most wins in a single season - 13 victories in 2013 (equal with Michael Schumacher in 2004)

    • Most consecutive wins - 9 victories in 2013

    • Youngest pole position, win and fastest lap (2008 Italian Grand Prix)

    • Youngest F1 World Champion at 23 years and 134 days

  • He was also the youngest race winner when he succeeded in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix, though this has since been surpassed by Max Verstappen

  • He has the third-highest number of race wins in F1 at 

  • He has the fourth most pole positions in F1 at 57

  • He has the third most podiums in F1 at 121

  • He was the youngest driver to score a point in F1 at 19 years and 349 days, though this has since been surpassed by Verstappen, Lance Stroll, Lando Norris and Daniil Kvyat

  • Less auspicious was Vettel’s record of collecting a fine just nine seconds into his F1 career when during the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix FP1 session he exceeded the pit lane speed limit