|Date of Birth||03 Jul 1987|
|F1 Debut||United States (Indianapolis), 2007 with BMW Sauber|
|F1 Team||BMW Sauber, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Red Bull Racing, Ferrari|
Vettel in Singapore:
2008 Toro Rosso: qualified 7th, finished 5th
2009 Red Bull: qualified 2nd, finished 4th
2010 Red Bull: qualified 2nd, finished 2nd
2011 Red Bull: qualified on pole, won the race
2012 Red Bull: qualified 3rd, won the race
2013 Red Bull: qualified on pole, won the race
2014 Red Bull: qualified 4th, finished 2nd
2015 Ferrari: qualified on pole, won the race
2016 Ferrari: qualified 22nd, finished 5th
At home with Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel’s dominance at the start of the 2010s echoed that of his countryman Michael Schumacher’s performance in the early 2000s. The German won four successive world titles for Red Bull from 2010 to 2014.
That success moved him ahead of some of the sport’s legends – Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna are all ‘mere’ triple world champions.
Vettel is equal with four-times champion Alain Prost and only seven-times champion Michael Schumacher and five-times title-holder Juan-Manuel Fangio have won more crowns. Vettel is already the sport’s youngest quadruple world champion and in 2013 he scored a record 13 wins, including a record nine in succession in the final races of the season, to match Schumacher’s record 13-race tally, set back in 2004.
After years of success with Red Bull, Vettel followed in Schumacher’s footsteps once more in signing for Ferrari ahead of 2015 and attempting to turn the team’s fortunes around after 2014 was one of its worst seasons in decades.
Vettel made an instant impression at the Scuderia as he won on only his second start for the team, at the Malaysian Grand Prix, and he followed than up with another opportunistic win in Hungary. In Singapore in 2015, Vettel produced a stunning qualifying lap reminiscent of his 2013 dominance and took a commanding win on the streets of Marina Bay.
The German driver endured a disappointing campaign in 2016 and his frustration got the better of him at times. But he did complete the most laps of any driver on the new-for-2017 Pirelli tyres, which gives him a distinct advantage if Ferrari has produced a car that can challenge Mercedes.