Sebastian Vettel, nick named baby Schumi is a German Formula One racing driver, currently driving for Scuderia Ferrari. Vettel is a four time F1 world champion having won it all with his former team Red Bull Racing, he won the championship in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.He won his 100th podium at the 2018 season opener at Albert Park, Austrlia. He joined Red Bull racing in 2009, Vettel finished the season as the youngest-ever World Drivers' championship runner-up. He also secured Scuderia Torro Rosso their first ever pole position and went on to take the win at Monza, Italy in 2018. Vettel was named Rookie of the Year at the Autosport Awards. He became the youngest driver ever to win the World Drivers' Championship in 2010 at the age of 23 and also giving Red Bull racing their first ever Constructors' Championship. He followed up his first championship with a second in 2011, becoming the youngest double as well as youngest consecutive champion. Vettel started his career as BMW Sauber's third driver at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix and was confirmed as BMW's test driver during the 2007 season. Vettel Switched to Scuderia Ferrari formula one team in 2015 after an extremely successful campaign at Red Bull Racing. He came very close to winning another world championship in 2017,but settled for runners-up due to DNFs in final few races of season. He is currently driving the Scuderia Ferrari's sf71h with Kimi Raikkonen as his team mate.
Early Racing Stages:
Vettel's racing career started with Redbull karting when they took him onboard for showing exceptional talent in the karting skills that he had at the age of 11 in 1998. In 2004, he won the Formula BMW cup with 18 podium finishes out of the 20 races. He was later signed by ASL Mucke Motorsport to drive in the Formula 3 Euro Series where he finished fifth in the overall championship.
Following his success in the Formula BMW, he was asked to test the Williams FW27 Formula One car and was a test driver for Sauber F1 Team. In 2005, Sebastian finished second behind his teammate and rival Paul Di Resta. Vettel competed in the Formula Renault 3.5 in the 2007 season and was on lead before he was called upon to race in Formula One.
Vettel was brought in as a third driver for the BMW Sauber team along Jacques Villeneuve who was replaced by Robert Kubica. He was not only the youngest Formula One driver at the age of 19 but he also was fined less than ten seconds into his first drive at the Free Practice because of overspeeding in the pit lane.
In Mid 2007, BMW released Vettel to join Toro Rosso, racing alongside Sebastian Bourdais. He won his first podium wins with STR. But had a pretty difficult start and end to his season as he suffered a lot of crashes and issues with the engine.
Vettel was taken into the RedBull Racing Team in 2008 to replace retired David Coulthard and racing along with Mark Webber where he didn't have the best starts to his career at Redbull but managed a few podium finishes and was the youngest driver to have wins to his name with two different teams.
2010,2011,2012,2013 were Vettel’s best seasons as he won the drivers championship four times with four very successful seasons and a lot of pole positions.
Ferrari signed up Vettel for their 2015 Season after Fernando Alonso joined McLaren and would have Kimi Raikkonen as his teammate. Vettel had an amazing start with the new team Ferrari in the 2015 season. The 2016 season was a disappointment as he did not qualify in the championship points positions and even failed to race at times due to vehicle issues.
The 2017 Season saw Vettel’s talents come out of hibernation again as he had the best start to his season by having 4 consecutive podium finishes and finishing with points in almost every race but losing the championship to the Silver Arrows piloted by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Vettel’s Car Names:
Vettel has always named his cars as he feels there is a relationship between the driver and the car. Just like how a ship would have. He has chosen some very quirky names for his cars and here are a few:
Kinky Kylie(2011), Julie(2008), Kate and Kate’s Dirty Sister (2009), Eva (2015Ferrari SF15-T). His Current car is name Loria (Ferrari SF71-H).
Sebastian Vettel's Net worth is estimated to be around 55$ Million dollars.