On this day: Remembering Sebastian Vettel's fourth - and last - F1 championship win

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• Sebastian Vettel won four straight F1 championship between 2010 and 2013.

• His last gold came at the 2013 Indian Grand Prix, clinching the title with three races to go.

• Since his Red Bull days, Vettel has raced for Ferrari and Aston Martin.

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These days, it's easy to have one's mind dominated by thoughts of the Max Verstappen-Red Bull Racing alliance. But did you know that between 2009 and 2014, all the talk was of Sebastian Vettel and his allegiance to the Austrian team?

Between 2010 and 2013, Vettel and Red Bull were on a dominant run of form that saw the partnership yield the Drivers' and Constructors' championships four seasons in a row. In 2010, Vettel took the lead of the championship in the season's final race, while in 2011, he took it almost unopposed. In 2012, Fernando Alonso, racing for Ferrari, again challenged Vettel like he did in 2010, but it wasn't enough to topple the in-form driver.

In 2013, Vettel and Red Bull had an impressive run of form, winning the final nine races of the season on the trot. In all, he won 13 races that season. At the 16th of 19 races, the Indian Grand Prix, Vettel secured his fourth Formula 1 Drivers' championship, sealing the deal and becoming the youngest four-time champion in the sport's history.

Vettel's career since

2013 was the last season F1 cars ran with the 2.4-litre V8 engines, as in 2014, the new turbo-hybrid kicked in. Red Bull Racing and Vettel struggled to make heads or tails of the new regulations, while Mercedes-AMG and Lewis Hamilton began a dominance on the sport that would continue to this day.

Meanwhile, Vettel could not make heads or tails of his situation and was thoroughly trounced by his new teammate, Daniel Ricciardo. In 2015, Vettel would join Ferrari in a bid to emulate the success of his hero and mentor, Michael Schumacher. Sadly, Ferrari was in a more significant slump than Red Bull and would Vettel struggle to lift the famed Italian team from the doldrums.

READ: F1 Gold | Sebastian Vettel wins 2010 championship, beating Alonso to the gold by 4 points

Vettel eventually challenged Hamilton for the championship on more than one occasion. Still, driver errors and mistakes on Ferrari's part - both on and off the track - meant that neither party could add more gold to their already impressive resumes. Vettel and Ferrari parted ways at the end of the 2020 season, with the German driver aligning himself to Aston Martin.

He secured his best position for the team this season at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when he came home in second place.

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