- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Heppenheim, Germany
Is this a make-or-break year for the four-time champion? After a difficult year, and a slump by his own high standards, with Red Bull Racing in 2014, the German driver bounced back in his maiden season with Ferrari, registering three wins in a season dominated by the mighty Mercedes team, only to suffer another slump with the Scuderia last year (2016).
In 2015, he outscored his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by 128 points and regained much respect, but 2016 was to deliver frustration and, at times, furore as the Italian team fell behind the pace of Mercedes and Red Bull Racing. Tension rose to boiling point at times, on and off the track, with one outburst in Mexico securing all the wrong headlines for Vettel as he dropped out of the top three in the drivers’ standings for the first time since 2008.
He managed to collect seven podium finishes last year including an emotional third at Monza, but it was not enough to quell speculation about his future.
Fast, competitive, technical and likeable, Vettel has a quirky sense of humour and near-perfect grasp of English – and he has adding his own version of Italian to his talents as he builds a strong relationship with the Scuderia and their fans.
Having swept to four successive drivers’ world titles and re-set the record books as the youngest pole-sitter, race winner and champion in F1’s history, he had established his place among the greats before switching to Ferrari.