He is a four-time Formula One World Champion, having won consecutive titles from 2010 to 2013 with Red Bull Racing, and is regarded by many as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport, and by some the greatest ever.
In addition to holding a number of ‘youngest’ records in Formula One, Vettel holds the records for the most consecutive race wins (9) and the most race victories in a single season (13) as well as accumulating the third most race victories (53), podium finishes (121) and the fourth most pole positions (57).
Already part of the Red Bull programme, he joined Toro Rosso later in the season, and was kept as a driver for 2008. In his first full season in Formula One, he became the then-youngest pole-sitter and race winner at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. Vettel was promoted to Red Bull for the 2009 season, and became the youngest driver in history to win the World Drivers’ Championship in 2010.
Three more titles in succession followed; Vettel won the 2010 and 2012 titles in the final round, while he dominated in 2011 and 2013. He left the team at the end of 2014 and signed with Ferrari. He then won three races in his first season at the team in 2015, finishing third in the championship.
Vettel was the closest challenger to the Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in 2017 and 2018 but finished both seasons as runner-up with five wins in both seasons. His contract with Ferrari was not extended beyond the end of 2020 but he is signed to race for Aston Martin from 2021, replacing Sergio Pérez.