Sebastian Vettel: A legend is born

2013-11-10 14:00

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Vettel joins exclusive club of Fangio and Schumacher

The 2013 Formula 1 world championship audience may be witnessing the birth of the most successful driver in the sport’s history – Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

After winning and claiming his fourth successive world title in India, Vettel continued his dominance of the sport in Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, where he claimed an astonishing seventh victory in a row.

In the process, he left his critics with egg all over their faces.

Vettel has joined F1 legends Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher after managing to win four titles in a row.

The 26-year-old German has also managed to eclipse Schumacher as the man the fans love to hate, no doubt in part due to the Malaysia GP incident when he ignored team orders and passed Mark Webber for victory earlier in the year.

This may be one of the reasons fans have abandoned his corner and started to boo him.

At his young age, Vettel has now achieved 37 Grand Prix wins, with 11 of them coming from this year’s championship alone.

So it will probably not matter to him that some sectors within F1 do not like him, as he continues to break one record after another.

Now with two races remaining in the season, he has another chance to match Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a calendar year.

He also has another chance to set a record of eight consecutive wins in Austin, Texas, at the United States Grand Prix next weekend, and a win in Brazil would put him up there with Alberto Ascari, who managed nine Grand Prix wins in a row in 1953.

F1’s most championship titles

7 Michael Schumacher:1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

5 Juan Manuel Fangio:1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957

4 Alain Prost:1985, 1986, 1989, 1993

4 Sebastian Vettel: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Vettel in his own words

On his success ...

Sometimes you need to press pause to let everything sink in.

On family ...

I come from an ordinary family – my dad is a carpenter, a roof maker – and we’ve always loved racing together.

On the sport ...

Motorsport is very expensive. No one cares if you had a good season two years ago and then you have an injury. It is a very dodgy investment.

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