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You may already have heard that Sebastian Vettel will be the new driver of Scuderia Ferrari F1 team as the German was contracted until the end if 2017. The four-time Formula 1 World Champion is one of the most successful F1 drivers of all time and managed to win the championships in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 with Red Bull Racing.
Still, the German driver will forget the blue colours as now it will need to get used to his new team. Sebastian Vettel made its first track debut as Scuderia Ferrari’s driver and lapped the Fiorano racetrack in the F2012 car.
For those who don’t know, Sebastian Vettel will replace Fernand Alonso and will race against his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who signed a two-year contract with Ferrari back in 2014.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel makes his track debut as a Scuderia Ferrari driver [w/video]
Current Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel definitely knows what performance is. That is why Infiniti product strategists are leaning on him to help develop a performance sub-brand for the luxury marque. In fact, Vettel, who serves as director of performance at Infiniti, has been test driving a prototype of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge at the Millbrook Proving Ground in England and at the same giving very important feedback on its performance.
Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas remarked that Vettel is tasked with carefully assessing handling, suspension, components and packaging of up and coming Infiniti models.
Bartsch quipped Sebastian's interpretation of a performance car brings a “very contemporary perspective to it."Read the entire article Vettel’s take on Q50 Eau Rouge touted vital on building an Infiniti sub-brand
Current World Champion Sebastian Vettel wore a specially designed helmet on at the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel personally selected the design from almost 1,500 entries from across the world as part of a design contest by Infiniti across its InfinitiGP social media channels. Infiniti invited fans to illustrate Sebastian’s passion and performance in their works of art. Vettel chose the design by Jake Vite Prekop, 21, a Mexican student.
“Cars have always played an important part of my life since it is my family’s main business,” Prekop remarked. He said that he knows that Vettel "always wears the most exotic and well-designed helmets," so he combined the colors of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the German flag and included "the element of speed and the heat of the track in the design.“
The student added he is honored that Vettel has chosen his design and will wear it during the GP weekend. As part of the prize, Prekop and a companion were flown to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. They will spend the weekend in Paddock Club and will get a tour of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing garage and meet Vettel in person. [source: Infiniti]Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel wore a special helmet at the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel took a very convincing win in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he got the lead in all laps and completed the race 30 seconds ahead of his team mate Mark Webber. This is the seventh consecutive win for the 2013 world champion. This is the third time that this team took the first two spots for this season. It’s also the 50th victory for the Renault RS27 engine.
Coming in at fourth place is Lotus F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean, which means that there are three Renault-powered cars in the top four. At the start, Poleman Webber lost out to Vettel and Rosberg. This permitted Vettel to get a wide lead throughout the entire race. On lap 20, Webber was able to overtake Rosberg.
This meant that the Red Bull team was able to achieve a significant lead. At this point, Williams F1 Team was on the brink of entering the top ten. Taking 11th place is Pastor Maldonado, who crossed the finish line less than 3secs behind Adrian Sutil who came in at No. 10. Earlier in the race, Valtteri Bottas was in the top 10. However, he ended up in 15th place.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel won the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull grabbed his ninth win of the season at Suzuka. It was far from being an easy win with strong performances coming from team-mate Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean of Lotus. The German received maximum points, placing him very close to getting his fourth straight world championship. But then, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took fourth place, which keeps him in the running as he could still catch up in the next race. Last Saturday, Webber earned pole position. However, Grosjean qualified for fourth place and quickly got past the two of them to take the lead in the first corner. The participation of Lewis Hamilton in the race was essentially over as he sprinted to the first corner. He was able to squeeze into a gap that was increasingly narrowing in-between Webber and Vettel.
Unfortunately, the front wing of Red Bull’s car made contact with Hamilton's right-rear tire and caused a puncture. The Briton went to the pits to get its tire replaced. It later had to retire because of handling issues. In the first few pit stops, Grosjean dominated. But he wasn’t able to get ahead of Webber by over two seconds. Vettel had also been just behind him at the third position.
Webber proceeded to get within one second of Grosjean as the race neared the halfway point. But then, it had to go to the pits to get new tires before it got the chance to pull ahead. It was a relatively early stop that forced him to a three-stop plan. It became apparent that the cars of the Red Bull team had split strategies. Vettel, who placed third, had conserved his second set of tires well and chose to have only two stops. He stayed on track and it wasn’t long before he had an impact on the Frenchman's lead.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull grabbed his ninth win of the season at Suzuka
The Korean Grand Prix was won by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, his fourth F1 win in a row. During qualifying, Vettel was able to secure pole position and was trailed by Hamilton and Webber. Vettel got an early lead. Massa’s Ferrari then spun around, leading to a scuffle where Adrian Sutil and Jenson Button both got some wing damage.
In the first half of the race, Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton took turns hoping to catch up to Vettel. Falling behind the top three were Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg, and Fernando Alonso. The tires of Mercedes’ Hamilton started to suffer and had worn down quickly, widening the gap between his car and Lotus’ Grosjean. As Hamilton became slower, his team-mate Rosberg came to overtake but his front wing collapsed and this slowed down the Mercedes.
Raikkonen immediately grabbed the opportunity and went up two places before the safety car was rushed to the scene after Sergio Perez's right-front tyre disintegrated, leaving scattered debris throughout the track. Webber, who came after Perez, hit the debris and had a puncture.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel won the 2013 Korean Grand Prix, his fourth F1 win in a row
The winner of the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix is Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, followed by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso (who placed second) and Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen (who came in at third place). This win gave Vettel a wider lead in the 2013 Formula One World Championship. Vettel had a 32-second lead over Alonso in the 61-lap race. At the beginning of the race, Vettel took the pole position.
Trailing him were Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean. Coming in at fourth place is Red Bull’s Mark Webber. Vettel lost the lead to Rosberg at the start as they passed the first corner. But Rosberg immediately ran wide, giving the lead back to Vettel. Alonso was quick to move up at the start, going from seventh place to No. 3.
In the middle states, most of the teams experienced excessive tire degradation and had to rethink their original two-stop strategies. On lap 25, Daniel Ricciardo (Torro Rosso) retired after he drove his car into the barriers, resulting to a safety car period. Force India’s Paul Di Resta also had to retire after crashing into the barriers at turn seven on lap 55.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix
The 2013 Italian Grand Prix was won by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, allowing him to move 53 points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the Formula One Drivers’ Championship with six wins after participating in 12 races.
Vettel, the triple champ who took his 32nd win in his career and his third at Monza and was poorly received by Ferrari fans, was the leader from pole position. He completed 53 laps at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy in 1 hour, 18 minutes and 33.352 seconds.
Alonso arrived at the finish line 5.4 seconds later to take second place while Red Bull's Mark Webber (who intends to leave Formula One when the season ends) got third place in his final grand prix in Europe. Ferrari's Felipe Massa was left with no place on the podium. This is the first time for Webber to be seen on the Monza podium. Felipe Massa of Ferrari and Nico Hulkenberg of Sauber-Ferrari finished fourth and fifth in the 2013 Italian Grand Prix, respectively.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel won the 2013 Italian Grand Prix
Reigning Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing-Renault increased his lead in the race for world's driver title after dominating the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. His win that Belgium marks his fifth win of the current F1 season. The German extends his lead over Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes to 46 points. Hamilton actually seized pole position following a thrilling qualifying session held in mixed track conditions.
It was Hamilton's fourth pole start in a row. But it was not enough to hold off Vettel, who was able to breeze past the Briton they exited Raidillon and sped down the Kemmel Straight. Hamilton eventually finished third in the Belgian Grand Prix, behind winner Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who started the race at ninth.
Alonso was able to get past Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing-Renault on the opening lap and Jenson Button of McLaren-Mercedes lap five to claim fifth place. He then overtook Nico Rosberg of Mercedes in lap seven. Hamilton came in to change tires on lap 12, he rejoined behind Romain Grosjean of Lotus-Renault, both engaging in toe-to-toe fight.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull wins 2013 Belgian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing captured the German Grand Prix crown following a close Formula One race on July 7, 2013. He won the contest by merely a second ahead of closest pursuer Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus F1 Team. At third is Raikkonen's teammate Romain Grosjean. Both Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Lotus F1 Team are powered by engines by Renault, giving the French company a clean sweep of the podium at the German Grand Prix.
This is the second time this season that Renault managed to sweep all podium finishes in one contest, the first was at the Bahrain Grand Prix in April 2013. Vettel immediately took the lead at the start of the race with teammate Mark Webber at second. Infiniti Red Bull Racing's drivers managed to build a lead over Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes until first round of pit stops.
Webber, however, lost a wheel in the pits, which caused an accident. The incident had Webber dropped to the tail end of the grid, one lap down. Webber, however, was able to regain the lap under the safety car period caused by Jules Bianchi’s stoppage. He then managed to slowly regain lost position and finished the race at seventh overall. Vettel, Raikkonen, Grosjean and Fernando Alonso were just within seconds of each other in the first two periods, with the third round of pits stops seen as the most crucial factor in determining the race winner. Grosjean pitted first and Vettel followed a lap later. Raikkonen did not pit until 10 laps later, thus giving him fresher option tires to boost his final drive to finish.Read the entire article Sebastian Vetel wins the 2013 German Grand Prix
Reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull ran supreme in the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix, allowing him to extend his lead in the race for overall championship. Vettel finished the race after 1 hour, 32 minutes and 9.143 seconds. He was barely challenged during the entire race, grabbing the lead for most of the laps.
Vettel was almost perfect, if not for the early phase of the race when he ran wide and brushed the circuit perimeter wall. Towards the end of the race, Vettel also veered off the circuit, causing him to lose some time. That, however, did not matter as Vettel’s lead was so huge that he still finished 14.408 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, who started the race at sixth.
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was third, just 15.942 seconds behind Vettel and less than two seconds behind Alonso. Hamilton was poised to take second place but his worn-out tires had him closely overtaken by Alonso in the closing lap. Hamilton looked to employ DRS system to take back the lost place, but eventually had to settle for third place.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing wins 2013 Canadian Grand Prix
Not a day passed after finishing second at the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix, Formula One Champion Sebastian Vettel was already at the famous Circuit Paul Ricard evaluating the latest Infiniti road cars and their rivals.
The evaluation was part of Vettel’s role as Director of Performance for Infiniti. Vettel was accompanied by specialist engineers from the carmaker’s European Dynamic Performance Team, coming from its development centers in Bonn, Germany and Barcelona, Spain.
The team is led by Luis Bravo, who heads Infiniti’s Customer Oriented Engineering and Vehicle Target Setting in Europe. Bravo’s team spent several hours with Vettel driving several of the latest premium performance road cars on the Paul Ricard circuit in France. According to Bravo, the goal of the evaluation was to fully align the expectations of the engineers and Vettel of what makes a great car.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel evaluated latest Infiniti cars at Circuit Paul Ricard
Sebastian Vettel became the first Formula One driver to experience the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia. Triple world champion Vettel, who was recently named as Infiniti's Director of Performance, drove an Infiniti FX Vettel Edition through part of the circuit tracks, which is still under construction.
He was joined by former Formula One driver David Coulthard. After experiencing the tracks, Vettel toured the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit, accompanied by officials from the Russian Government and Formula Sochi, the organizing body. He then proceeded to the Olympic Ice Skating arena to hold a press conference. After its completion, the 3.7 mile Sochi Olympic Park Circuit will be the third longest circuit on the Formula One calendar, behind Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in the United Kingdom.
The Sochi Olympic Park Circuit tour is the second time Infiniti and Vettel have been the first to sample a planned new Grand Prix venue. In June 2012, Vettel drove the first ever lap at the planned New Jersey circuit in the United States in an Infiniti IPL G Coupe. Vettel remarked that it was a “great privilege” to be the first Formula One driver to visit the new Sochi venue. He remarked that the Sochi circuit will be “a fun circuit to drive” in a Formula One car, adding that the rest of the venue “is very impressive.”Read the entire article Infiniti and Sebastian Vettel sample Sochi Olympic Park Circuit
Infiniti announced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show that it has named Sebastian Vettel, Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver and three-time Formula One World Champion, as Director of Performance. Vettel’s newest role at Infiniti reflects a closer relationship with the premium carmaker that formally started in 2011.
In this capacity, Vettel has already played a vital role in developing the carmaker’s vehicle line-up – like the exclusive Infiniti FX Vettel Edition and the all-new Infiniti Q50. Vettel was very instrumental in the development of the Infiniti Q50 from its early phases. He worked with Infiniti’s engineers in Japan, providing them with his chassis dynamics, performance and handling feedback.
He was also involved in testing early models alongside Sebastien Buemi, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Test and Reserve driver, in Japan. Testing was also done at Nürburgring in Germany and at the Formula One pre-season test at the Spanish Circuit de Catalunya.Read the entire article Infiniti appoints Sebastian Vettel as Director of Performance
Sebastian Vettel was crowned the victor of the recently held 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix. This is the second race of this Formula 1 season that has been made more thrilling with rain and with co-teammates of Red Bull and Mercedes elbowing it out at the front. Vettel, who was the pole-sitter, dominated the race with the support of his Renault-powered Red Bull team.
However, he stopped when he got on wet but drying track due to slick tires. This turned out to be the wrong decision as his team-mate Mark Webber was able to get past him while pitting. At this juncture, Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton was able to go up to third place even when he pit outside his old team McLaren's garage at the start. It didn’t take him to figure out his blunder and was quickly able to close the gap down to Red Bull team-mates Webber and Vettel to make it a tight three-way contest for victory.
For several laps after that, the top three contenders made for an exciting show. However, it became clear later on that the race would be down to the Red Bull team mates. Team boss Christian Horner was overheard during lap 46 to have told the triple world champion that his attacks against his team-mate were becoming "silly.” The German ultimately benefited from his DRS advantage. Webber took second place but not without some controversy. His pit crew had congratulated Webber but broadcasters didn’t air his response.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix
A sixth place finish for Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel at the Brazilian Grand Prix earned him a third world title. What makes this achievement even more amazing is that he is the youngest-ever champion to have done so. The season’s final Formula 1 race was actually won by McLaren driver Jenson Button. The race was far from boring as at various times, the participants had to drive through wet, damp or dry roads and there were many high points.
Vettel faced a clash in the clash that made him drop to last place but he quickly recovered and went back through the field. Meanwhile, title competitor Fernando Alonso of Ferrari took advantage of a fast start, unbelievable pace and the unluckiness of others to get to second place.
At the front and in the damp, Button, Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg of Force India all held a swift pace as they took turns in the lead. Button and Hulkenberg were able to create a wide lead by remaining on slicks instead of pitting for intermediates. The German later passed the Briton but their lead was narrowed due to a safety car period.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel wins his third F1 world title
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took the lead for the Formula 1 world championship by convincingly winning at the Korean Grand Prix, with team mate Mark Webber coming in at second place. This is Vettel’s third straight win. Right off the line, polesitter Webber instantly lost the lead to Vettel. After being able to prevent the Australian's attempt to recover at Turn 3, Vettel was then able to pull away. He was able to get a lead of about 10 secs before focusing on getting the tires fixed.
Fernando Alonso was able to go up to third place during a frenzied first lap but it didn’t have a response to the pace of the Red Bull drivers. The former points leader kept Webber in sight from a distance as he took the podium. It was a bad day for McLaren. On lap one, Jenson Button was already out when Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi struck Button and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg at Turn 3. Lewis Hamilton came in fourth at the back of Alonso in the first stint before slowing down on his second set of tires.
Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen overtook him before he shifted to a three-stop strategy. This kept Hamilton in tenth place as his attempts to recover positions weren’t effective, especially in the final laps. After dispatching Hamilton, Massa was able to get near to Ferrari team-mate Alonso. He got a radio message asking him to stay in formation. He eventually ended up in fourth place, ahead of Lotus’ Raikkonen.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel takes the lead in F1 championship as he wins the 2012 Korean GP
The winner of the Japanese Grand Prix is Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who now closes in on championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. Just four points now separate them. In going into the first corner, Alonso experienced a puncture after Kimi Räikkönen’s Lotus clipped his Ferrari’s left-rear tire. This left Felipe Massa to score points for Ferrari.
Massa was able to get past McLaren’s Jenson Button and Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi in the first pit stops. He was able to maintain his No. 2 position until the end of the race, which is first podium for 2012. Button, who trailed Kobayashi to the end, fell behind by only one-second at the flag. Local celebrity Kobayashi took third place finish – only the third native driver to finish on the podium at Suzuka about 22 years after Aguri Suzuki accomplished the feat.
Meanwhile, as others came in for the first corner, Mark Webber took a hit from Romain Grosjean in the second Lotus, placing him to the back of the race. He tried to get back to the front but was only able to get a ninth-place finish. He later described Grosjean as a “first-lap nutcase” when interviewed by the BBC. A 10-second stop/go penalty was given to Grojean but he retired later on with only two laps left.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel won the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix, gets closed to the leader
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was the winner at the first ever Indian Grand Prix held at the Buddh International Circuit. This is Vettel’s 11th win for the current Formula 1 season. Vettel had a clear-cut triumph. At the start of the race, front row partner and teammate Mark Webber had to fend off attacks from McLaren’s Jenson Button and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
Vettel maintained a 4-5 second lead for a majority of the distance. He was the leader at each lap and he had the fastest lap of the race too. Button was able to get to second place on the first lap but Alonso twitched under braking and ran wide, permitting Webber to stay at third.
Button fought off advances by the Australian in the opening laps but McLaren was able to get away and headed to an unchallenged second. At the final stops, Webber had to relinquish third place to Alonso. He was the first to switch to the hard Pirellis and it cost him the spot. Yet again this season, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa had a collision.Read the entire article Sebastian Vettel victorious at the 2011 Indian Grand Prix
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took the trophy at the Korean Grand Prix, marking his tenth win for this season. Vettel had also succeeded at the Constructors' World Championship, giving Red Bull back-to-back titles. Vettel, who started second on the grid beside McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, had outbraked his McLaren into Turn 4 on the opening lap.
This gave him a crucial advantage. However, this four-second lead was wasted when at Turn 3, Vitaly Petrov took Michael Schumacher out of the race. The ensuing debris brought out the safety car. Fortunately, when racing restarted, Vettel got the chance to pull away once again.
The gap betweel Vettel and Hamilton was 11s. Nonetheless, Hamilton’s second-place finish wasn’t easy to pull off. Red Bull’s Mark Webber kept close behind Hamilton and was never more than 1.5s behind. In the second half of the race, Webber was able to close into Hamilton’s tail. Hamilton went in for his last pitstop as his rear tires were starting to go off but Webber stopped on the same lap so Hamilton was able to keep his lead.Read the entire article Vettel wins the 2011 Korean Grand Prix, secures Red Bull’s second constructors’ title
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