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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 24: Race winner Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium with team mates following the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 24, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel

Vettel’s four years of F1 dominance remembered

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 24: Race winner Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium with team mates following the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 24, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel

As we welcome in 2023, it’s scarcely believable that the new Formula 1 season is barely two months away with the new campaign will get underway in Bahrain on March 5th, without Sebastian Vettel on the grid.

When the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc will be hoping to provide more of a challenge to double World Champion Max Verstappen once the new term gets underway.

Following his dominance last season, it’s unsurprising that OddsChecker, which compares F1 odds and free bets, has made Super Max the odds-on favorite to make it three championships on the spin in 2023.

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But while excitement is already at a fever pitch, the 2023 season will also be a bittersweet affair. That’s because the upcoming campaign will be the first in 15 years that Sebastian Vettel isn’t lining up on the grid.

The German was a hugely popular figure with fans and with his peers, and the 35-year-old will be sorely missed. In honor of the former Red Bull and Ferrari icon, we’re taking a look back at his greatest hits.

Sebastian Vettel is a four-time Formula One World Champion, having won four consecutive world titles between 2010 and 2013, making him the youngest driver ever to hold the title. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest drivers of all time and has broken countless records during his highly successful career.

The early years 

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Vettel began his racing career at the age of twelve and quickly grew to success in the junior ranks of European karting. In 2004, he joined the BMW Junior Team, and later that year won his first Formula BMW ADAC Championship title. He continued to progress up the ranks, and in 2007 he found success in the Formula Three Euroseries.

In 2008 Vettel was signed to race for the Toro Rosso Formula One team, and he would secure his first victory for the minnows at the Italian Grand Prix. He then moved to Red Bull Racing in 2009 and won his first race at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. This was only the start of his domination of Formula One as he went on to win four consecutive world titles throughout the following years.

Four years of dominance by Vettel

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 14: Race winner and F1 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettel (2nd left) of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates with Red Bull Racing Motorsport Consultant Dr Helmut Marko (left), Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey (2nd right) and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner (right) in their team garage following the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 14, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel; Christian Horner; Adrian Newey; Helmut Marko

In 2010, Sebastian Vettel became the youngest World Champion in Formula 1 history when he won three of the last four races to snatch the title away from teammate turned rival Mark Webber. Heading into the final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, any one of Vettel, Webber, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton could have walked away as the champion.

Alonso led the standings with Webber just behind him. But that duo suffered from poor strategic decisions from the pit wall, which left them stuck behind Renault’s Vitaly Petrov and out of championship-winning position. Vettel would take full advantage, romping to victory and securing his maiden title.

The following season, he would go on to dominate, winning 11 races and earning the right to be called the youngest double World Champion in F1 history.

The following season, Vettel had a battle for the ages with Fernando Alonso. The duo would trade victories throughout the season, with a title decider between the pair taking place at the final Grand Prix of the season in Brazil. Things got off to the worst possible start for the German when he spun and ended up plumb last. But Vettel is made of sterner stuff, and he would come storming through the field to pick up his third consecutive title.

In 2013 Vettel broke the record for most wins in a season, securing the top spot in 13 out of 19 races, and in the same campaign, he took the record of most points in a season with 392. He also broke the record for most consecutive race wins, after winning nine in a row.

Vettel will go down in history as a legend of Formula One. He has cemented his name in the history books and will go down in history as one of the most successful Formula One drivers of all time.