Vettel: I’ve experienced incredible times with the team over the last few years

Sebastian Vettel arrives at the FIA Awards in Paris

Sebastian Vettel at the FIA Awards in Paris

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing were presented with their FIA Formula 1 World Championship trophies at the FIA Prize-Giving Gala in Paris on Friday, the fourth time in succession that driver and team have taken their respective titles.

At the impressive Cité du Cinéma studio complex founded by renowned film director Luc Besson, Vettel was presented with the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Champion trophy by FIA President Jean Todt. Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber also received awards for second and third places respectively in the Drivers’ Championship.

“When I think of the times I’ve experienced with the team over the last few years, it’s incredible,” said Vettel, who becomes just the fourth driver in Formula 1 history to claim four world championship titles.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning the season finale in Brazil

Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning the season finale in Brazil

“It’s a pleasure to jump in the car each weekend and to try and give it all I have. I’m pushing very hard along with the team and what makes us strong is that we love what we do and we’re passionate about racing. This year was not an easy season, but to overcome that and give the answer on the track makes me very proud. I don’t have words to describe how incredible it is to retain the Drivers’ Championship for another year, I would like to say a huge thank you to the team and everyone who supported me.”

With wins in Malaysia, Bahrain, Canada and Germany in the first half of the season, Vettel once again established himself as a major title contender and by the time Formula 1 headed for its now traditional August break, the Red Bull Racing driver had a 38-point advantage over nearest rival Kimi Räikkönen.

But what happened after the break was unparalleled. Returning to championship action at Spa Francorchamps, Vettel scored a convincing victory to kick off an historic run that saw him remain unbeaten until the end of the season.

The nine wins recorded between the Belgian and Brazilian GPs not only gave Vettel the title but also the record for the most consecutive wins in a single season.

The run also put him level with Alberto Ascari for overall consecutive wins, though the Italian racer took his nine victories across the 1952-’53 seasons. Vettel’s total of 13 wins during the season puts him alongside Michael Schumacher as joint holder of the record for most wins in a single campaign.

Sebastian Vettel's nine race winning streak started in Belgium

Sebastian Vettel’s nine race winning streak started in Belgium

Vettel’s success was naturally mirrored by another glorious year for his team, Red Bull Racing. Alongside Vettel’s tally of wins the team also scored 13 other podium finishes, and finished the season with 596 points, 236 clear of nearest rival, Mercedes.

After receiving the award for winning the FIA Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship, team principal Christian Horner said: “Winning a fourth FIA Formula 1 World Champion Constructors’ title this year is something that the team could only have dreamt of when we began our first season in 2005. What has gone into this achievement should not be underestimated; the whole team has worked together with enormous commitment and determination.”

“When we won the Championship for the first time, the pressure was to defend it,” he added. “We defended it and then retained it. Having achieved the triple, you think it doesn’t get any better than that and the likelihood of doing a quadruple double just seemed statistically unlikely, if nothing else. But the passion, the determination and the dedication within the whole team, along with the way that Sebastian and Mark delivered this year, has been absolutely phenomenal.” (FIA Media)

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  • O’Ferrari

    Well done rbr. Clearly setting a the benchmark, mclaren 88/89/90 & 98/99, Ferrari 2000/01/02/03/04, williams 92/93/94/95/96/97.

    Unlike williams in 94/95, rbr has a driver capable of taking advantage of the extra performance of the car over the opposition.

    If redbull keeps producing the fastest car, I see no reason why vettel can’t keep romping home from pole every race.

    I don’t like vettel or rbr, but I respect what they have achieved.

  • Tamburello_1994

    It’s too bad about “Williams 94″. . . . Would could have been.

    Anyhow, Great post O’Ferrari. Well done.

    Thanks for being intellectually honest also. Kudos to you.

  • adam22

    we may have also forgotten adrian newey on this one :)
    92/93/94/95/96/97, 98/99 and 2010,11,12,13

  • O’Ferrari

    Schuey vs newey?

  • Tinto

    Without a good car, nobody can reach the top, so talking nonsense it is the car not Sebastian it is just lame.

    Vettel is the man of the moment that trashed literally everybody leaving them with nothing else but buying a dog or cycling club to keep people attention alive.

  • Tamburello_1994


    “leaving them with nothing else but buying a dog or cycling club to keep people attention alive”.


    All you needed was a mic drop to go with that… Nicely done!!

  • Alonso_is_Slow

    difference to 94/95 williams is that then the best driver was stting in another car (not referring Hill vs Schu).

    Today the best driver in the field is sitting in the best car. People crying he can’t overtake or cant race are slowly fading away, as he has proven what he is capable of.

  • StevetheGreat

    Vettel is a legend.
    Vettel > all current f1 drivers.

    And until alonso or kimi win a title with a different team that argument is null as well, so i’ll repeat the point again.

    Vettel is a legend.
    Vettel > all current drivers.

    Simple as.

  • O’Ferrari

    Uh oh, the 12 year olds are on the Internet, again.

  • the fan

    you’ll surely figure out in this site who started to watch F1 the day vettel started winning. today’s state of F1 was basically the same when Schumacher ruled over literally everyone. His team mate wasnt allowed to win, he disappears after a few laps, qualifies on P1 most of the time, winning the title with a handful of races to go, so on and so forth… Vettel is a very good driver in a very fortunate team, same way that Michael was in the past. sit down people. its not like the first time a human has used a wrench or something.

  • Tinto

    Vettel seems to harmonize things better around him, team, settings, taming the car, coping with adversities such as difficult teammate or race events, boos, overall a one of kind racer. The best of him is yet to come, he is only 26…