In many ways, it was inevitable that German Sebastian Vettel would eventually drive for Ferrari. The romantic allure of the Scuderia as the ultimate destination for an F1 driver is still there, all these decades later.

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It’s fair to say that he had not become a firm Tifosi favourite, in the way that the likes of Michael Schumacher, Jean Alesi and Gilles Villeneuve – to name but a few – once did, but this has more to do, perhaps, with his desire to keep himself to himself when not at work.

Vettel is a driver who divides opinion: some say he doesn’t rank among the very best the sport has seen – an odd criticism for a four-time World Champion (with Red Bull) – but talk to anyone who has worked with him, and they will tell you of a driver who is second to none when it comes to his dedication and commitment to the team.

Speed and Intelligence

If we are to compare him to his greatest rival – Lewis Hamilton – most would agree that, overall, the British driver is faster than Vettel, but not by much. Give Vettel a Ferrari that can do the job, and he will make sure he brings home the goods.

Deeper analysis reveals he is more prone to pressure than some others; note the famous incident in Azerbaijan this season, where he deliberately and unnecessarily banged wheels with Hamilton, for one. Yet, during his years at Red Bull, when his car was largely the best in the field, he was often sublime, sometimes bordering in perfect in terms of handling a race.

 

The Man Himself

Vettel is a quiet family man – he has two small children – and guards his personal life carefully. He is well-liked by those who know him, and known for his sense of (very British) humour and pleasant demeanour. In the car, there are few more focused when the lights go out, and his famous single-finger victory salute has been seen eight times so far in a Ferrari – not enough for the many fans who root for him every race.

His strong friendship with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen means that the current Ferrari team is a stable one. Given the goods, there is no reason why Vettel cannot become a Ferrari World Champion and join the many others in that very special Hall of Fame.

Sebastian Vettel Statistics

CountryGermany Germany
Place of BirthHeppenheim
Date of BirthJul 3rd 1987 – 30 years old
First RaceJun 17th 2007 United States Grand Prix
Last RaceNov 26th 2017 Abu Dhabi F1 GP
First PoleSep 14th 2008 Italian Grand Prix
Last PoleOct 29th 2017 Mexican F1 GP
First WinSep 14th 2008 Italian Grand Prix
Last WinNov 12th 2017 Brazilian F1 GP
First PodiumSep 14th 2008 Italian Grand Prix
Last PodiumNov 26th 2017 Abu Dhabi F1 GP
Races199
Drivers’ Titles4
Victories47
Poles50
Podiums99
Points2,425
Fastest Laps31
Laps10,736