- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Heppenheim, Germany
After a difficult year, and a slump by his own high standards, with Red Bull in 2014, the four-time champion German driver bounced back in his maiden season with Ferrari last year. He outscored his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by 128 points and registered three victories in a season dominated by the mighty Mercedes team – a feat to be respected.
Fast, competitive, technical and likeable, Vettel has a quirky sense of humour and near-perfect grasp of English – and he is rapidly 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.
Now he faces the task of maintainig his and the team’s progress in the footsteps of his mentor and inspiration compatriot Michael Schumacher. It is a challenge that means ending Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ supremacy. If he can do that, in a car that may not be as competitive, he will prove himself a champion for all.