Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Nationality German
Car #19
Current teamScuderia Toro Rosso
Formula One World Championship career
Races7
Championships0
Wins0
Podium finishes0
Pole positions0
Career points6
Fastest laps0
First race2007 United States Grand Prix
Latest race2007 Chinese Grand Prix
2007 position14th (6 pts)
Sebastian Vettel (born July 3 1987 in Heppenheim) is a German race car driver. He is currently contracted to the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One team alongside Vitantonio Liuzzi after replacing Scott Speed on July 31 2007. He had been the third (test and reserve) driver for the BMW Sauber Formula One team from the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix onwards. By taking part in Friday practice for the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix, Vettel became the youngest ever Formula One driver to drive at a Grand Prix meeting, at 19 years and 53 days. On Sunday, September 30th, 2007, during the Japanese Grand Prix Vettel became the youngest driver to lead a race in Formula 1 history. (Mike Thackwell remains the youngest driver to compete in a championship Grand Prix race; Nico Rosberg the youngest to drive an F1 car in private testing[1]). He also became the quickest driver to get a fine in F1, being fined $1,000 nine seconds into his career, after speeding in the pitlane.[2] He also became the sixth youngest driver to start a Grand Prix, the youngest driver to score points in a Grand Prix and lead a Grand Prix.

Career

Junior Series

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Vettel demonstrating his Formula Three Euroseries car in 2006.


Vettel started racing karts in 1995, winning various titles. In 2003, he upgraded to open-wheel cars, and won the 2004 German Formula BMW Championship with 18 victories from 20 races.

In 2005 he drove for ASL Mucke Motorsport in the Formula Three Euroseries. He was placed fifth in the final standings with 64 points, winning the year's top rookie honours. He did not win any races, but this was largely due to the championship's domination by Lewis Hamilton. Despite, this, he tested the Williams FW27 Formula One car on September 27 as a reward for this Formula BMW success. He then went on to test for the BMW Sauber team.

Vettel finished as runner-up in the 2006 F3 Euroseries, behind series leader Paul di Resta. He also made his début in the World Series by Renault at Misano, winning after Pastor Maldonado was disqualified.[3] However, at the next round at Spa-Francorchamps, his finger was almost sliced off by flying débris in an accident, and he was expected to be out of racing for several weeks.[4] However, he managed to compete in the Ultimate Masters of F3 at Zandvoort the following weekend, finishing in sixth place. He also set third fastest lap time, and it surprised his ASM team boss Frédéric Vasseur. Vasseur said: "I was impressed for sure, because at the beginning of the week I was sure he wouldn't race! But he showed good pace from the first practice session. I can't imagine he's 100 per cent but at least we know we can be competitive in the next F3 Euroseries round at the Nürburgring next weekend - that's important." [5]
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Vettel during practice at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Vettel has been BMW Sauber's third driver since the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix, when former incumbent Robert Kubica was called up to replace the departed Jacques Villeneuve for the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel impressed on his testing début by setting fastest time in second Friday Free Practice during the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix.[6] The young German also impressed on his second testing session in the 2006 Italian Grand Prix, setting the fastest time in both Friday practice sessions, a race weekend in which all the BMW cars were quick, with his predecessor Robert Kubica finishing on the podium in the race.

He has been confimed as BMW's test driver for 2007,[7] and is also competing in the World Series by Renault Championship, where he had his first win at the Nürburgring. He was leading the championship when he was called up to F1 permanently, and his seat will be taken by Michael Ammermüller.[8]

Formula One

Following the serious crash of regular BMW driver Robert Kubica in Canada, Vettel substituted for him at the US Grand Prix and started in seventh position on the grid,[9] finishing in 8th position, thanks to Nico Rosberg's late retirement, to take his first F1 World Championship point and became the youngest driver ever to score a point in Formula One (at the age of 19 years and 349 days), a record previously held by Jenson Button - who was 20 years and 67 days old when he finished 6th at the 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix.[10]

On July 31, 2007, BMW released Vettel to join Red Bull's Scuderia Toro Rosso team, replacing Scott Speed as race driver as of the Hungarian Grand Prix.[11] He will earn approximately $165,000 for finishing the season with Toro Rosso.[12] Before the Hungarian GP, it was also announced that Vettel will drive for STR in 2008.[13] His team-mate will be Sébastien Bourdais.[14]

The Red Bull team are understood to have an option on Vettel's services for the 2009 season depending on the team's performance. Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz said: "There are contracts in place, and if we perform, he will be back with us in 2009".[15] One of Vettel's most disappointing moments in his first season came at the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix. Whilst Mark Webber was in second place and Vettel was in third, Vettel crashed into Webber under safety car conditions taking them both out of the race and prompting Webber to say to ITV reporter Louise Goodman “It’s kids isn’t it... kids with not enough experience – they do a good job and then they fuck it all up.” Vettel was caught on camera crying after the incident. After the race, a video on YouTube caused the incident to reinvestigated. The penalty Vettel got after the race was lifted.

However, he bounced back to finish a career-best fourth a week later at the Chinese GP having started 17th in mixed conditions. It was the team's best result since the 1993 South African Grand Prix when it was Minardi.[16]

Complete Formula One results

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Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
2006BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.06 BMW P86 2.4 V8BHR
MAL
AUS
SMR
EUR
ESP
MON
GBR
CAN
USA
FRA
GER
HUN
TUR
TD
ITA
TD
CHN
TD
JPN
TD
BRA
TD
- -
2007BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.07 BMW P86/7 2.4 V8 AUS
TD
MAL
TD
BHR
ESP
MON
CAN
USA
8
FRA
GBR
EUR
14th* 6*
Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8HUN
16
TUR
19
ITA
18
BEL
Ret
JPN
Ret
CHN
4
BRA
*Season in progress.

References

1. ^ "Driver Profiles: Nico Rosberg", skysports.com, 2007-06-10. Retrieved on 2007-06-15. 
2. ^ "Vettel fined for speeding", f1.gpupdate.net, 2006-08-25. Retrieved on 2007-06-01. 
3. ^ "WS: Misano 2006 - Maldonado DQ gives Vettel win.", crash.net, 2006-07-17. Retrieved on 2007-06-01. 
4. ^ "WS: Injury to sideline Vettel for weeks.", crash.net, 2006-07-30. Retrieved on 2007-06-01. 
5. ^ Autosport magazine, 10th August 2006, page 27
6. ^ "2006 Turkish Grand Prix - Fri Prac 2", formula1.com, 2006-08-25. Retrieved on 2007-06-01. 
7. ^ "BMW names same drivers for 2007", grandprix.com, 2006-10-19. Retrieved on 2007-06-01. 
8. ^ "Ammermuller replaces Vettel at Carlin ", autosport.com, 2007-08-15. Retrieved on 2007-08-19. 
9. ^ "Vettel to replace Kubica at Indianapolis", autosport.com, 2007-06-14. Retrieved on 2007-06-14. 
10. ^ "Vettel becomes F1's youngest scorer", itv-f1.com, 2007-06-17. Retrieved on 2007-06-18.2007-06-17"> 
11. ^ Sebastian Vettel replaces Speed at Toro Rosso. F1Fanatic.co.uk (2007). Retrieved on 2007-07-31.
12. ^ "Vettel to earn $165,000 at STR", flagworld.auto123.com, 2007-08-01. Retrieved on 2007-08-01. 
13. ^ "Vettel to race for Toro Rosso in 2008", autosport.com, 2007-08-02. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
14. ^ "Toro Rosso confirm Bourdais for 2008", grandprix.com, 2008-08-10. Retrieved on 2008-08-10. 
15. ^ F1 driver line-up changes for 2008. F1Fanatic.co.uk (2007). Retrieved on 2007-07-21.
16. ^ Flawless Vettel storms to fourth. F1Fanatic.co.uk (2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-07.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Maximilian Götz
German Formula BMW
Drivers' Champion

2004
Succeeded by
Nicolas Hülkenberg
Records
Preceded by
Jenson Button
20 years, 67 days
(2000 Brazilian GP)
Youngest Driver to score
Points in Formula One

19 years, 349 days
(2007 United States Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Fernando Alonso
21 years, 237 days
(2003 Malaysian GP)
Youngest Race Leader,
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20 years, 89 days
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