Sebastian Vettel becomes the youngest double champion in Formula One history

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 9, 2011

Sebastian Vettel obtained the third position today at Suzuka and this place was enough to make him the youngest double champion in Formula One history. Still, let’s not forget that the Suzuka Grand Prix was won by McLaren’s Jenson Button in a totally dry race, who finished the race with just 1.1 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Vettel was followed by his teammate Mark Webber, who finished the race on the fourth position. Lewis Hamilton took the fifth place, closely followed by Mercedes' Michael Schumacher and Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

The fastest lap from Suzuka was set by Sergio Perez (Sauber) who used a brilliant two-stop strategy. Still, Perez obtained only the eighth position, followed by the Russian driver Vitaly Petrov (Renault). Nico Rosberg took the final point for Mercedes.

The Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi didn’t impress as he could only finish 13th for Sauber, behind the two Force India cars. Bruno Senna lost out on lap one and he finished the race on the 16th position. Toro Rosso’s Sebasetien Buemi was the only retirement of the race.

Vettel is piloting for Scuderia Ferrari in its Formula One campaign, through the end of 2017. One of the most successful F1 drivers of all time, Vettel has won the Formula One World Championship four times (2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013) with Red Bull Racing. In that capacity, the German racer is one of only four drivers to banner four or more drivers' titles under his belt.

Before grabbing his first driver’s title in 2010, Vettel finished second overall in the World Drivers' Championship in 2009, making him the youngest-ever runner-up. A season later, Vettel – at just 23 years of age -- impressed everyone by becoming the youngest World Drivers' Champion and helping Red Bull grab the team's first World Constructors' Championship. More remarkably, Vettel also became the youngest double, triple and quadruple world champion in Formula One after tramping the competition in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

His title in 2010 was decided in the final round in Abu Dhabi, prevailing over closest contender Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. This was also the situation in 2012, when he won over Alonso and Ferrari by three points, by securing the final round. Stories were different for his titles in 2011 and 2013, when he was simply dominating and was able to secure the crowns even at early stages.

After his winless 2014 season, Vettel left Red Bull Racing after activating a clause to terminate his contract with the team early, and then inked a contract with Ferrari for 2015. In his first season with Ferrari, Vettel was able to secure three wins, and is becoming a threat to the Mercedes team.

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