Sebastian Vettel’s win in Sunday’s race was preceeeded by further good news when it was announced that he has been nominated for a Laureus World Sports Award.
Vettel has got a nod in the category of Breakthrough of the Year for his stunning victory at the Italian GP in Monza last year for Toro Rosso. If Vettel wins however, it’s likely to be a lower key victory than the one he scored in Italy. Because of the uncertain economic climate, the Laureus awards is foregoing its normal glittering prize-giving ceremony in Monaco in favour of a number of quite presentations throughout May and June.
A glance at Sebastian Vettel and you wouldn’t suspect he was Formula One’s most promising talent. His slight frame, wide smile and sense of humour are not the traditional first impressions of a racing driver. But beneath that apparently relaxed youthful exterior lies steely determination, great race craft and incredible car control. It all seems to come easy to the man who became F1’s youngest-ever pole-sitter then race winner in Monza last year.
Sebastian Vettel wrote himself a small line in the F1 history books at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix where, as a ‘Friday Only’ driver for the BMW-Sauber team, he became the youngest driver to take part in a grand prix weekend at just 19 years of age. And, on that first day in the spotlight, he set the quickest time on what experts reckon to be one of the most demanding tracks on the calendar.
Vettel has been part of the Red Bull family for several years now and the talent spotters seem to have got it right with the cool kid from Heppenheim in Germany. His outwardly relaxed manner hides a sharp mind and a keen will to win, something he did a lot of on the nursery slopes of Formula BMW. How does 18 wins from 20 race starts sound? Or 15 pole positions, 16 fastest race laps and 387 points scored out of a possible maximum of 400? His F1 race debut came at the USA GP in 2007, deputizing for the injured Robert Kubica. He came home eighth. His full-time career began later that year, when he first donned the Toro Rosso race suit in Hungary. His highlight of that first season was a fourth place in China, which made up for the disappointment and controversy of his collision with future team-mate Mark Webber a week earlier in Fuji, when both men seemed to be heading for the podium.
2008 did not start well, with Sebastian only completing a total of 39 laps in the first four grands prix, but then came that historic Monza victory and promotion to the senior Red Bull team for this year. And 2009? “My target is to win the world championship as soon as possible and moving to Red Bull Racing is a step in the right direction.”
Nationality German Podiums 2 Points 56.0 Grand Prix entered 29 Highest race finish 1st Highest qualifying 1st Date of Birth 13 | 07 | 1987 Place of Birth Heppenheim, Germany
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