Sebastian Vettel The King of Formula 1

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Sebastian Vettel The King of Formula 1

 

This young German prodigy is a racing bullet off the grid once the lights turn green. His appetite and hunger for trophies is never full, his desire to be the best has brought him to the pinnacle of Formula 1 not once but twice. His success has drawn comparison to German compatriot Michael Schumacher many a time, his love for racing is inborn and has a weird habit of giving female name to his vehicle.

Sebastian Vettel was born to be a racer. He was three years old when he first sat in a go KART and refused to come out of it. His father being a huge racing fan took his family to every German race. Sebastian at the age of just seven years old started racing in Junior Karts and won competitions after another. By 2003 he was racing in open wheel cars and in 2004 he won the BMW Championship meticulously winning 18 of 20 races.

 He continued his journey by winning many accolades and he was called in as a test driver for BMW Sauber in 2006. In 2007 Vettel was confirmed as the third driver for BMW and was in line to take up the wheels should any of the first choice pair is unable to race.

He debut in United States Grand Prix in 2007 starting from 7th in the grid and finishing 8th, winning his first championship points and youngest driver to do so at an age of 19. He was released the following year by BMW and was signed by Red Bull Scuderia Torro Rosso team where he spent next two seasons trying to establish him and get hang of Formula 1. He also won his first race with them at the Italian Grand Prix. The learning curve was steep but always in his control as he gradually made progress to finishing strongly in races.

In 2009 he was signed by Red Bull team to replace the retiring David Coulthard. Vettel started off well in his first three races for Red Bull but couldn’t reach the chequered flag. Things took a turn for the right at the China Grand Prix when he took second position in qualifying and won the race. Surprisingly this was Red Bulls first Formula 1 win and first 1-2 finish for their team.

This started an onslaught of successive good performance by Vettel as he started showing the potential that every commentators and pundits alike were talking about. He showed composure of handling the hyper car under his control, the flamboyance to do the unexpected and aggression to go toe to toe with his rivals. His move to Red Bull proved a master class stroke and career turning point for Vettel as he finished runners up 11 points adrift of Jenson Button the eventual champion.

The 2010 season brought a much focused Sebastian Vettel to the grid that was determined to overcome the deficit of last season. Vettel was on song throughout the season claiming five wins and won the championship by four points over Fernando Alonso in the season finale race at Abu Dhabi to take home his first Championship and in the process becoming the youngest Formula 1 champion in sports 60 year history.

This year Sebastian Vettel showed how much of a complete driver he has become, with new rules and regulations in placed to make Formula 1 more competitive and exciting to neutrals. But all that proved to be in vain as Sebastian Vettel proved too quick to everyone as he achieved a second consecutive Driver’s Championship, but it was the manner of victory which astonished everyone. Sebastian won a comprehensive eleven races out of nineteen, finishing just twice out of top three. He proved this season he is the ultimate racing machine as he overtook his rivals at will and left everyone biting dust as he wrapped up the championship with four races left to spare.

Such domination brought comparisons with Schumacher who dominated the proceedings in similar fashion when with Ferrari. His driving style along with his communications with engineers behind the scene in adjusting the vehicle the best way to suit his needs are similar to Schumacher and one that every modern Formula 1 driver tries to learn. Such comparison is a testament to his ability as a driver and a champion and one that proves that he could turn out to be next Schumacher, something he denies but can’t avoid.

 

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