Happy birthday Sebastian Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel turns 30 today and his birthday present is a visit to Paris to meet with FIA president Jean Todt to discuss the ‘road rage’ moment during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that continues to grab headlines and generate heated debate.

Putting the Azerbaijan Grand Prix shenanigans aside, we look at 30 of Vettel’s milestones in Formula 1, and the four Formula 1 World Championship titles he has already bagged in his illustrious career.

  1.  2006 Turkish Grand Prix: Makes test debut for BMW Sauber, topping the second Friday practice session and (at the time) became the youngest driver to take part in an F1 weekend aged 19 years and 53 days.
  2. June 2007 United States Grand Prix: Makes his F1 debut for BMW Sauber as a stand-in for injured Robert Kubica, who had crashed heavily at the Canadian Grand Prix a weekend earlier.
  3. June 2007 United States Grand Prix: Vettel qualifies seventh and finishes eighth on debut, becoming Formula 1’s youngest points-scorer at the time.
  4. July 2007: BMW Sauber releases Vettel to allow him to sign for Red Bull who place him with Toro Rosso for the remainder of the 2007 season and 2008.
  5. 2007 Japanese Grand Prix: Drives into the back of Mark Webber’s Red Bull behind the Safety Car. Vettel is handed a 10-place grid penalty for China although it is later reduced to a reprimand.
  6. July 2008: It is announced Vettel will replace the retiring David Coulthard at Red Bull for 2009 season.
  7. 2008 Italian Grand Prix: Claims his first pole position and race win with Toro Rosso. At the time, Vettel was F1’s youngest-ever race winner aged 21 years 74 days, beating Fernando Alonso’s record by 317 days. It remains Toro Rosso’s only victory.
  8. December 2008: Is named Rookie of the Year at Autosport Awards
  9. 2009 Chinese Grand Prix: Secures Red Bull their first pole position before winning his first race for the team on the Sunday, beating team-mate Mark Webber.
  10. 2009 British Grand Prix: Vettel claims his only victory at Silverstone so far.
  11. 2009 Japanese Grand Prix: Wins after leading every lap from pole to keep the title race alive. Finishing fourth in Brazil would earn Jenson Button the Drivers’ Championship but Vettel then wins in Abu Dhabi to secure second.
  12. 2010 Turkish Grand Prix: Collides with team-mate Mark Webber, forcing him out of the race.
  13. 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix: Wins race with team-mate Webber second to secure Red Bull their first Constructors’ Championship.
  14. 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Becomes youngest world champion in F1 history after winning season finale. Vettel enters the weekend in third place in the standings, 15 points behind Alonso and seven off Webber. He is only the third driver, after John Surtees and James Hunt, to win the championship having not previously topped the standings that season.
  15. Start of 2011 season: Vettel wins six of the first eight races, and finishes second in the other two, becoming the first driver in F1 history to achieve the feat.
  16. 2011 Japanese Grand Prix: Wins his second world championship.
  17. 2011 Korean Grand Prix: Becomes the second driver after Michael Schumacher to win 10 races in a season.
  18. 2011 Indian Grand Prix: Vettel records the first ‘Grand Slam’ of his career – taking pole, the win, leading every lap and fastest lap.
  19. 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix: Breaks Nigel Mansell’s record with 15th pole of season and sets record points total of 392.
  20. 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix: Recovers from an opening lap spin to finish sixth and become youngest three-time world champion, breaking Ayrton Senna’s record.
  21. 2013 Malaysia Grand Prix: Multi-21-gate. Vettel defies team orders by overtaking Webber to claim victory.
  22. Second half of 2013 season: Vettel wins the final nine races of the season to win his fourth world championship and break his own record points total with 397.
  23. January 2014: Vettel became a father for the first time with the birth of his daughter, Emilie
  24. October 2014: Red Bull announce Vettel, then the reigning world champion, will leave the team at the end of season.
  25. 20 November 2014: Ferrari confirm signing of Vettel as Alonso’s replacement.
  26. November 2014: Drives Ferrari car for the first time around team’s Fiorano track.
  27. 2015 Malaysia Grand Prix: Wins his first race for Ferrari on his second appearance. The victory is also his first win since Brazil 2013, the 40th of career and Ferrari’s first since Spain 2013.
  28. 2015 Singapore Grand Prix: Claims his first pole for Ferrari before victory 24 hours later takes him past Senna into third in the all-time standings.
  29. 2016 Mexican Grand Prix: Launches expletive-laden tirade at Race Director Charlie Whiting. Escapes punishment from the FIA after immediately apologising but is warned about his future conduct.
  30. 2017 Australian Grand Prix: Vettel returns to winning ways at the season opener in Melbourne then proceeded to win three of the first six races of the season.

Career Overview:

Championships 4 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Wins 45
Podiums 92
Career points 2,261
Pole positions 47
Fastest laps 29
First entry 2007 United States Grand Prix
First win 2008 Italian Grand Prix
Last win 2017 Monaco Grand Prix
2016 position 4th (212 pts)