Sebastien Vettel | 55 Things You Didn’t Know About Sebastien Vettel
In this article, we’ll be talking about the things you didn’t know about Sebastien Vettel. If you’re a fan of Formula One (F1), then you must have heard of the name “Sebastien Vettel”. He is a German racing driver born on the 3rd of July, 1987. He races for Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari and is a four-time World champion. He is been regarded as one of the greatest drivers in Formula One history and has won consecutive titles in 2010-2013 with Red Bull Racing. Vettel moved to Ferrari for the 2015 season and is due to leave the team at the end of 2020. In addition to holding a number of ‘youngest’ records in Formula One, Vettel holds the record for the most consecutive race wins, as well as accumulating the third most race victories, podium finishes, and the fourth-most pole positions.
Well, there are other things to know about Sebastien Vettel though; Vettel was born in Heppenheim, West Germany, to Norbert and Heike Vettel. He has one younger brother, Fabian, and two older sisters: Melanie, a dental technician, and Stefanie, a physiotherapist for disabled children. As a matter of fact, Vettel started amateur karting at the young age of 3½ and began racing in karts series in 1995, at the age of eight. Having shown early talent, he was accepted into the Red Bull Junior Team at age 11 in 1998 and kept on winning various titles, such as the Junior Monaco Kart Cup in 2001. Vettel suggested in an interview that he was terrible at school, but he passed his school-leaving exams (“Abitur”) at Heppenheim’s Starkenburg-Gymnasium with a respectable grade. He has said that his childhood heroes were “The three Michaels” – Michael Schumacher, Michael Jordan, and Michael Jackson and mentioned that he wanted to be a singer like Michael Jackson, but realized that he could not as he did not have the voice. Now read further below to still know more about Sebastien Vettel.
All You Need to Know About Sebastien Vettel
Everything you need to know about Sebastien Vettel with respect to his life and personality, career, and as well as his achievements so far has been detailed for you below.
Life of Sebastien Vettel
- Vettel was born in Heppenheim, West Germany, to Norbert and Heike Vettel.
- He has one younger brother, Fabian, and two older sisters: Melanie, a dental technician, and Stefanie, a physiotherapist for disabled children.
- Sebastian’s younger brother, Fabian is also a racing driver. He competed in the 2017 Audi Sport TT Cup, finishing ninth, and currently competes in ADAC GT Masters driving for Mercedes.
- Besides his native German and common Formula One language English, Vettel also speaks some French, as well as some Italian after racing several years for Toro Rosso and Ferrari.
- Vettel married childhood friend Hanna Prater in early 2019, and they have three children: Emilie, born in January 2014, Matilda, born in September 2015, and a son, born 28 November 2019.
- Vettel lives in Thurgovia, Switzerland amongst other racing drivers.
- On the Formula One circuit, Kimi Räikkönen, his Ferrari teammate for 2015 to 2018, is a close friend.
- Vettel is also a fan of The Beatles, collecting several records, including Abbey Road and his favorite song being “Drive My Car”.
- In an interview on Top Gear, Vettel stated that he was a fan of British comedy such as Little Britain and Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
- He is a fan of German football team Eintracht Frankfurt.
- Vettel has described himself as competitive, private, and impatient.
- Vettel also appeared in advertisements for Head & Shoulders.
- Vettel provided the voice of character Sebastian Schnell in the version of the movie Cars 2 dubbed for German-speaking audiences.
All About His Career
- In 2003, he was promoted to open-wheel cars and won the 2004 German Formula BMW Championship with 18 victories from 20 races.
- Having impressed in his first season of auto racing in 2003, Vettel was given a chance by Derrick Walker to test a Reynard Motorsport Champ Car in a two-day private test at the Homestead road course.
- In 2005, he drove for ASL Mucke Motorsport in the Formula 3 Euro Series.
- He was placed fifth in the final standings with 63 points, winning the year’s top rookie honours.
- He tested the Williams FW27 Formula One automobile on 27 September as a reward for this Formula BMW success.
- He then went on to test for the BMW Sauber team.
- He drove for Racing Engineering in one race of the Spanish F3 in Albacete.
- 2006 became a busy year for the 18-year-old racing driver that included being promoted to test driver for BMW Sauber in Formula One.
- Despite a competitive season with several victories, it did not yield any championship.
- Vettel finished as runner-up in his second season in the F3 Euroseries, behind series leader and teammate Paul di Resta.
- He also made his debut in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Misano, where he was promoted to second after the original winner Pastor Maldonado was disqualified.
- At the next round at Spa-Francorchamps, however, his finger was almost sliced off by flying débris in an accident, and he was expected to be out of racing for several weeks. Nevertheless, he managed to compete in the Ultimate Masters of F3 at Zandvoort the following weekend, finishing in sixth place.
- He also set the third-fastest lap time, surprising team boss Frédéric Vasseur.
- Vettel competed in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2007 and took his first win at the Nürburgring.
- He was leading the championship when he was called up to Formula One permanently. His seat was taken by Michael Ammermüller.
- Already part of the Red Bull program, Vettel joined Toro Rosso later in the season and was kept as a driver for 2008.
- In his first full season in Formula One, the then 21-year-old became the youngest pole-sitter and race winner at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix, the latter record would later be broken by Max Verstappen in 2016.
- Vettel was promoted to Red Bull for the 2009 season, during which he won four races en route to becoming the youngest-ever World Drivers’ Championship runner-up.
- The following year, Vettel became the youngest driver ever to win the World Drivers’ Championship, also helping Red Bull win their first World Constructors’ Championship.
- He followed up his first championship with three more titles in succession, becoming the youngest double, triple and quadruple world champion in Formula One.
- The 2010 and 2012 titles were decided in the final round; topping a four-way title battle in Abu Dhabi in 2010, and beating Fernando Alonso by three points in 2012, while the 2011 and 2013 titles saw Vettel dominating the seasons to secure the titles early.
- Ending his long-term association with the team, Vettel activated a clause to end his contract with Red Bull at the end of the 2014 season.
- Soon after, it was announced that Vettel had signed a three-year contract with Ferrari for the 2015 season.
- In his first season with Ferrari, Vettel won three races and was the closest challenger to the Mercedes drivers.
- The next year, however, he finished fourth in the 2016 championship in another winless season.
- Vettel and Ferrari enjoyed a resurgence in 2017 and 2018, winning a number of races and topping the standings a number of times in close World Championship battles with Lewis Hamilton.
- However, both years saw his title hopes end in Mexico as he finished both seasons as runner-up.
- Vettel endured a more difficult season in 2019, highlighted by a controversial time penalty costing him a win in Canada, although he rebounded to win in Singapore.
- Vettel is due to leave the Ferrari team at the end of 2020 after they were unable to agree on contract terms.
His Achievements So Far
- Vettel was named Rookie of the Year at the annual Autosport Awards in 2008.
- In 2009, Vettel was awarded the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy, for achievements in the 2008 season.
- In the year 2010, he was voted German Sports personality of the Year (Sportler des Jahres).
- 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 (2010–2013).
- In January 2012, Vettel was honored with the illustrious Grands Prix de l’Academie des Sports 2011 for being the “Double consecutive F1 World Champion at the age of twenty-four – winner of eleven Grands Prix out of nineteen”, and in the following month, he was further honored with the highest sports award in Germany, the Silberne Lorbeerblatt – Silver Laurel Leaf – in recognition of his multiple world titles and his exemplary character.
- He was also voted F1 driver of the year in 2009, 2011 and 2013 by the F1 team principals for the annual secret poll, initiated by Autosport magazine, while being voted runner-up in 2010 and 2012.
- He additionally won the DHL Fastest Lap Award in 2009, 2012 and 2013.
- He became a European Sportsperson of the Year by Pap in consecutive years (2012 and 2013).
- He was also named the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year in 2013.
- In 2014, he was named Sportsman of the year at the Laureus World Sports Award held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Red Bull Racing sponsor Infiniti released a Sebastian Vettel edition of the Infiniti FX SUV for 2012. It features increased engine power, revised bodywork, and lower suspension than the standard model.
- In 2015, Forbes estimated that Vettel’s annual income was $44 million.
- In 2019, he was ranked 86th in Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities list.