Sebastian Vettel becomes youngest ever F1 champion

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Sebastian Vettel has become the youngest driver ever to win the Formula 1 world championship.

At 23 years and 134 days old he has broken the record set by Lewis Hamilton in 2008, who won the title aged 23 years, 301 days.

This record has now been broken three times in the last six years – Fernando Alonso the first to break it in 2005.

F1 world champions by country

Vettel is only the second German driver to win the world championship, joining Michael Schumacher, who last won the world championship in 2004.

Country No. Drivers/s
1 Britain 14 Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill (2), Jim Clark (2), John Surtees, Jackie Stewart (3), James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button
2 Brazil 8 Emerson Fittipaldi (2), Nelson Piquet (3), Ayrton Senna (3)
2 Germany 8 Michael Schumacher (7), Sebastian Vettel
4 Argentina 5 Juan Manuel Fangio
5 Australia 4 Jack Brabham (3), Alan Jones
5 Austria 4 Jochen Rindt, Niki Lauda (3)
5 France 4 Alain Prost
5 Finland 4 Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen (2), Kimi R??ikk??nen
9 Italy 3 Giuseppi Farina, Alberto Ascari (2)
10 United States 2 Phil Hill, Mario Andretti
10 Spain 2 Fernando Alonso
12 New Zealand 1 Denny Hulme
12 South Africa 1 Jody Scheckter
12 Canada 1 Jacques Villeneuve

2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Browse all 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix articles

Advert | Go Ad-free

256 comments on Sebastian Vettel becomes youngest ever F1 champion

1 2 3 7
  1. DavidS (@davids) said on 14th November 2010, 14:45

    Congratulations Sebastian Vettel
    He won the WDC outright. No team orders involved. The best man on the day won. Although I’m a Webber fan, and would’ve liked to have seen him take the title, there’s no denying that Sebastian completely deserves the title due to his absolute pace.

    • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 14th November 2010, 15:02

      Yep spot on. You cannot begrudge Vettel, so congratulations to him! :) Although Vettel was faultless in the last rounds of the championship – my worst fears were realised when the title decider became an anti-climax, as I felt was imminent with the last race at a bland circuit. Today, the Renaults acted as a real buzz-kill. I don’t mind who wins the championship so much, but I do mind when it isn’t as exciting as it could have been. Next year should be a few thousand times better considering it may be decided at a track where overtaking has been known to occur. In fact, Abu Dhabi was the buzz-kill.

      Nevertheless, well done Sebastian Vettel, everyone was focusing on Webber and Alonso and he came through to spoil it for them! :)

      • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 14th November 2010, 15:12

        Yep, agree with both of you. As I said yesterday, whoever wins the title deserves it, and Vettel showed why that’s the case today. The race wasn’t that exciting but young Seb was faultless. Good on him.

      • I have to agree with you, Yas Marina is beautiful but unfortunately not much overtaking can be done there, it would have been much more sensational in Brazil for instance.

      • Interlagos was one of the most boring race in years let alone this season. As always, a long list of unpredictable factors contributed to a mediocre race.

        • CarsVsChildren said on 14th November 2010, 16:58

          Yes, but imagine Alonso’s attacks on Petrov into the Senna S’s at Interlagos.

          The track deserves to trend on twitter as a #fail.

          Utter rubbish.

    • Yes, Vettel won it in his own special style. Pulling out the laps right there when needed and storming away from the field from Pole.

      Good strategic thinking on Red Bulls side to have Webber lure Massa and Alonso out of contention like that. Great teamwork from the Bulls there to make the right guy win.

      • Webber should have used the SC deployment to pit and get on the primes: he had nothing to lose and everything to gain from such a move.

      • not like Schumacher in 1994, indeed with all class, despite Mark repeatedly asking for his help. It’s so much respectable.

        • Brian Baum said on 14th November 2010, 16:31

          Seriously, what does 1994 have to do with this conversation? It’s time to move into the 21st century.

          • 1994 was Michael Schumacher’s third full season F1, 2010 was Vettel’s third full season…

          • TomD11 said on 14th November 2010, 17:05

            Because it was the only other German champion’s first title.

          • This is no secret that Sebastian and Michael are close friends. Michael is an idol for Seb.
            I was afraid that Vettel could pull out today one of Michael’s dirty tricks. In fact as much as respectable his win against all odds is, I believe there was also a lot of simple egoism by Seb to accept support for Mark. Last week he was openly admiting they won’t proably stay friends (as contrary to HAM-BUT duo).
            Very clear message indeed. Pity Mark didn’t qualify before ALO because I beliebe we didn’t see tru colors of Seb yet.

    • Great job by him.
      Bad job by Ferrari.
      They controlled Webber that was in the last places instead of staying with the firsts.

    • Omar Roncal said on 14th November 2010, 15:47

      YEAH BABY!!! Good for sports, because what finally prevailed was racing, not team orders. You can imagine now, the WHAT IF about Vettel giving his 1st place in Brazil to Webber, and today Horner would have been fired! But the IFs disappeared today. CONGRATULATIONS SEBASTIAN!

      • Massa robbed of a victory and Ferrari weren’t even able of taking profit from it.

        • alexf1man said on 14th November 2010, 21:56

          I think Massa should have been left to win in Germany, don’t see what difference it would have made even if Alonso was higher up the order.

          However this is because everyone would have moaned if Alonso had won because of Germany, and therefore Red Bull would have probably wanted to take Alonso and Ferrari to court.

          But the main thing is that Vettel is the champion, so well done to him.

    • I guess Ferrari just found out how big a mistake it was to mess up the Massa covering Webber move.

      If they had pulled that off right, Alonso wouldn’t have needed to react and it could have been different.

    • I was made to eat my words, I thought that Big Red would win due to that issue of team orders but good for Reb Bull, What a team effort and sportmanship. Great Race and Grats to Vettel, He earned it hands down.

  2. GP4 Carl said on 14th November 2010, 14:46

    Brilliant.

    Anyone who can still hold a grudge against this kid after hearing that radio. Swap sports. Please.

    Brilliant Season.

    • Jack Holt said on 14th November 2010, 14:55

      Haha! Had to giggle at the roller coaster of emotion – lovely to hear.

    • Completely agree, those tears were actually pretty special

    • As much as Vettel irks me, I’m glad ALonso who a) blackmailed his own team and ended up costing them over a 100m dollars b) threw a tantrum when he couldn’t handle Hamilton and did shady moves like sitting in the pit box too long to prevent Hamilton from being able to get out in time for another quali lap and c) pulled that cheap move on Massa in the pits among other things.

      • *glad Alonso didn’t win

      • Brian Baum said on 14th November 2010, 16:51

        Nick:
        I don’t think it was Alonso who cost McLaren $100 million, it was the fact that the team cheated and thankfully got caught. In 2007, the team favoured Hamilton over Alonso and came away with nothing, despite having the better car that season. Alonso wasn’t the problem, it was McLaren management.

        • ONE McLaren employee acting on his own received secret Ferrari engineering files that were not used and could not be used as their car’s design was beyond alteration. The majority of the team was not aware their colleague had what amounted to unusable data.

          When Alonso found out, he used it as a poker chip to demand #1 status and when refused, helped blow the lid.

          • Brian Baum said on 14th November 2010, 19:09

            Since we are beating this dead horse… I guess you forgot the email trail that Alonso and de la Rosa had with several McLaren engineers about trying various Ferrari set-ups, etc. It was far from one person. That’s why the fine was so high and that’s why Ron Dennis did his disappearing act for the last few seasons. Google “McLaren admits guilt in spygate” and you might learn how guilty they actually were instead of the sugar-coated UK press version.

        • Dipak T said on 14th November 2010, 19:10

          Ron Dennis personally informed the FIA about it as soon as Alonso blurted it out to him in a failed attempt to get No.1 status at McLaren.

          • Brian Baum said on 14th November 2010, 20:32

            Dennis only came forward after his team was caught redhanded to try to do damage control. It wasn’t like McLaren didn’t have a chance to come clean with the FIA prior to Alonso’s whistle blowing. As they say, the coverup is worse than the crime and that is why the penalty was so harsh… They knew about it and they lied to the FIA.

          • Regardless of the severity of the cheating, only a traitor like Alonso would put his own team to the flame for it.

            Anyway, it’s weird to picture the Spaniard with McLaren. He seems fit for Ferrari and vice versa for Hamilton.

          • Brian Baum said on 14th November 2010, 21:05

            Whatever… I just don’t get the British hatred of Ferrari, Alonso, Schumacher, etc. Hamilton has clearly shown the same ruthless will to win at all costs (lying in Australia, racing in the pit lane, passing the safety car, etc) and yet he farts glitter. Give it a rest guys. Alonso is no worse than your British heroes.

    • I’m not British and I’m not a big fan of Hamilton either. He may be as ruthless, but we haven’t seen him show it at the level of Fernando in terms of blackmailing his own team, but I think he would pull a scummy move like cutting Jenson off coming into pitlane.

      I’m a Kubica fan myself.

      It’s clear that to be a consistent champion you have to be willing to be ruthless on track.

  3. Alonso was pathetic criticising Petrov

    • BillHicks said on 14th November 2010, 14:49

      I so agree, that cheating little boy has never been able to overtake. Karma will out!

      • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 14th November 2010, 15:14

        Apart from, you know, one of the best overtakes in modern F1 history (on Schumacher at Suzuka). It was just frustration from Fernando – I was hoping he would apologise when asked about it after the race but there you go.

        • Snoopy said on 14th November 2010, 15:40

          There is a pattern here and cannot just be whittled down to frustration. He is ruthless and thinks that everyone should get out of his way. First he wanted preference of HAM, then MAS and had this illusion that everyone should get out of the way of title contenders in the final race. What he doesn’t realize is that by getting out of the way, those same cars would also be influencing the outcome but just in a different way.

          • Maciek said on 14th November 2010, 15:57

            9 out of 10 drivers would have reacted the same way. They all want everyone to get out of their way, they’re all arrogant, they all think they’re the best. It’s basic competitive sports psychology.

          • Snoopy said on 14th November 2010, 16:11

            In that case I’ll always pick the one that will man up and not be a cry baby!

          • bananarama said on 14th November 2010, 16:58

            Well, complaining about Petrov wasn’t really the right thing .. complaining about Bridestone for making the worst tyres ever would be more appropriate. I mean, seriously? 53 laps without any kind of degradation? Good we’ll have a different manufacturer next year.

      • He was upset for sure, I’m sure he will apologize. I know it’s not an excuse but…
        As a Ferrari fan I can only congratulate Vettel and Red Bull.
        Ferrari was beaten today by it’s own tactic.

        Big congratz again for Vettel and Reb Bull.

        • Alonso has always been a whining baby, why would he apologize?

          HAHAHAHA ALONSO & FERRARI, kick Kimi out? and no title, well deserved.

      • Agreed. Very poor showing of sportsmanship by Alonso.

        • explosiva said on 14th November 2010, 15:56

          Yep, another showing of poor sportsmanship by Alonso. Little whiner. Seriously…he may be a double champion, but is also an insecure little baby. He doesn’t want a fair fight. He wants to stack the cards in his favor before the “competition” starts.

      • Omar Roncal said on 14th November 2010, 15:54

        hahaha… strip all Alonso’s championship points for the after race insults to Petrov (that would be funny). It’s bad to be a sore loser

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 14th November 2010, 15:38

      indeed…

      i’ve always supported him but that was both unnecessary and stupid.

      He’s now gone down my list…

    • I can’t find his comments on Petrov. Can you link?

    • Petrov was not intimidated by any means. He gave he international backwards “f off” wave and then even jinked his car at Alonso. Making it even more embarrassing for Alonso. One thing is for sure, Russians are timid folk.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DRxeB_21II

  4. Good to see you there Vettel… Alonso wasn’t good enough today, so the best man won! Congratulations Vettel.

  5. COngrats.

    After seeing Alonso raise his fist to PET glad Vettel won it. (I had no preference before that).

    • The true Alonso coming out there

      • Gerdoner said on 14th November 2010, 14:55

        Well, out of the 2, I like Vet more then Alo (but I’m not a Vettel fan myself.)
        That being said, while I agree with “Anyone who can still hold a grudge against this kid after hearing that radio.”, I don’t blame Alonso for showing some emotions right now, as well. He just lost a championship he nearly had in his hands, give him a break :S

        • I dont blame Alonso either. He had to restrain his rage but… its understandable. Congratulations to Vetel!!

          • Alonso can get angry at someone else…like his team, not the man he couldn’t get passed…or didn’t even look like getting past.

          • BliNnk said on 14th November 2010, 16:08

            He should get some overtaking tips from Kubica.
            Unbelievable moves on Sutil and Kobayashi!

        • CarsVsChildren said on 14th November 2010, 17:08

          Why? Why should we give him a break? If one of my students got angry at a classmate because he wasn’t able to win a game I would put him in timeout to think about his actions, and I would ensure he lost the next few games as well.

          Getting angry at someone who beat you is behavior that all but the most spoilt, selfish children cease by the age of about 8, yet we are supposed to “give a break” to a highly paid professional sportsman.

          No chance.

          • Second that. People give way too much slack to grown men because of “emotion.” Only small children should be given slack for letting that kind of emotion control their behavior.

  6. Ben Curly said on 14th November 2010, 14:47

    Damn it, I will have to eat my hat ;)

    Well, I still don’t like him, but he’s a champion and he deserved it. There is no question about it.

  7. Congratulations Sebastian! I don’t like you, but you’re good, you’re good.

    Who would have thought that Petrov would play such a role in this result.

    Alonso’s fist gesture to Petrov – priceless!

  8. Congrats Seb, u deserve it!!!!!!!!
    Christian Horner was right after all.

  9. There you go, the team took the moral high ground and won the title.

    Congratulations Sebastian – der Weltmeister – emotional to hear him overcome with emotion and in tears at the end.

  10. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 14th November 2010, 14:50

    Happiness overload! Today is a good day! The important thing for me is that Ferrari didn’t win after everything that has happened

    • Fabulous job from both Renaults to make up for Singapore 08 to effectively bar Ferrari and Alonso from profiting from Germany 2010 to win the championship.

      Great drive from Petrov, he must feel vindicated for succumbing to Alonso in China (or was it Malaysia?). And a bit of hand signals from Alonso, great watching the emotions getting the best of them!

    • David BR said on 14th November 2010, 15:40

      Not only that: a victory against cynicism in general, including everyone who said Red Bull had to support Webber with team orders! Brilliant result.

      • Yep, it would be nice to see an article here on how Red Bull won the drivers championship by not using team orders…

  11. Victor. said on 14th November 2010, 14:51

    What a season… There really isn’t more to say. Bring on 2011!

  12. LOL at Alonso thinking Petrov will step aside for him. Sorry Mark but you are just not as good as Vettel. He deserves the first championship for Redbull. Good show from the Mclaren boys. Take in next year!

  13. Jack Holt said on 14th November 2010, 14:53

    Brilliant Seb! I wanted Mark to win, but I guess Vettel is the worthier champion – fabulous drive. Did Alonso really shake his fist at Petrov after the race? What a plonker! Nice to see both Maccas on the podium, can’t wait for 2011.

  14. I’m not a vettel fan but well done, he was unlucky trough out the season. Happy Ferrari didnt win it :) And glad that Alonso showed his true colours. Come on 2011 !!!!

  15. The podium is the 3 last champions :)

1 2 3 7

Add your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments must abide by the comment policy. Comments may be moderated.
Want to post off-topic? Head to the forum.
See the FAQ for more information.