Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Sebastian Vettel becomes youngest ever F1 champion

Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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  1. The best man won, the best team won. Vettel absolutely deserved the title. He has always been faster than Mark, has more poles, and more wins, and with even more DNF’s, still managed to win the WDC from under him. Mark only got more support from fans through the sympathy vote.
    Today absolutely vindicates RBR’s decision to build the team around Vettel eventually. He is definitely the future for Red Bull. This is the end for Vettel at Red Bull, as he WILL be a No.2 driver if he stays. I predict a move to Renault or Ferrari.

    No one ever imagined Renault would be the kingmakers today. Again, Alonso showed his arrogance by shaking his fist at Petrov. What did he expect? Petrov to move over? I understand his frustration, but not the attitude at the end.
    I suspect RBR may have to renege on that engine deal with Mercedes, and go for Renault engines again as a form of thank you!

    McLaren need to be ashamed of themselves this year; as they were last year. Both drivers,Lewis more than Jenson, have outperformed the car for most of the season. Going backwards in the development stakes mid season is never a good thing. The hurry up from McLaren to Lewis in the closing stages of the GP was laughable. The RBR’s would still be faster than McLarens’s even if it only has 3 wheels on.
    I am still predicting shake up at McLaren next year,or in 2012 at the latest. I cannot see McLaren delivering a WDC winning car anytime soon, and Lewis will NOT be patient – He is far too ambitious for that

    Heads should roll at Ferrari as they choked today. Why would they cover Webber, when Vettel was leading and still staying out? At worst, they would have been 5th, and still won the WDC!

    1. At worst, they would have been 5th, and still won the WDC!

      If Alonso ended up 5th, he would have lost the WDC.

  2. Vettel drove masterfully.

    The only person I have more respect for right now is Petrov, when someone says the word Petrov, I think mistake. But he proved me wrong, and to do it with Alonso down his neck… I think he just move up a few ranks in my mind.

    But again, Vettel was incredible. I’m so glad the winner of the championship won the race, rather than just securing 2nd or 4th.

    1. He made up for having to succumb to Alonso after leading him for about 40 laps at the start of the year. Very good driving from him.

  3. *This is the end for Vettel at Red Bull*

    Sorry, meant Webber. How about a “edit post” button, Keith?

    1. Webber wasn’t even invited to Red Bull WCC party!
      If he leaves RBR this winter, no one will be surprised.

      1. CarsVsChildren
        14th November 2010, 17:24

        Really? What is your source for that?

        1. i heard it on the Italian TV, citing paddock rumours. They can be unreliable, but surely Webber isn’t comfortable at all in that team.

  4. first of all congrats to vettel, he deserves it!

    second, i really think renault ruin the show today, kubica neutralized ham-vet fight and petrov destroyed possible alo-ros last corner championship fight

    so, all in all a bit disappointed

    also, vettel crying at the end and red bull team jumping all over the place showed what really really matters – drivers wc, not constructors

    1. So you think ALO was right shaking his fist to PET after the race becasue he didn’t politely move away? Why should PET or KUB should do it?
      Contrary to you I think it only added to the show and put drivers like ALO and HAM into perspective. Great job Renault, they make farewell with F1 with a class.

  5. Younger Hamilton
    14th November 2010, 15:30

    Despite an interesting,dramatic and good race i have to say this race shows these Modern F1 cars as of today doesnt provide enough overtaking with a mass effect of the dirty turbulent air on cars.Teams have agreed a 55% reduction on Downforce and havent done anything about it, just made it worse by banning the F-duct,not doing anything about the Blown Diffuser and Pull-rod suspension system.If Alonso and Webber have something to blame for the lost of their chances to win the title then its these designs of the cars(and Ferrari’s strategy for Alonso) not the midfield runners who pitted early or started on the Harder tyres.

    1. Cars are quite sophisticated now, I think it is equally a lot to do about tracks. It’s true that in Brazil Petrow or Kubica wouldn’t stand for so long. Tilke tracks suck.

  6. Yeeeeeeeeeeees!!! Vettel!! And after all the problems this year! Beautiful!!!!! Yes yes yes!

    1. Pretty much my thoughts too. I hardly dared to hope he might pull it outta the bag today.


  7. I always said Alonso is the most undeserving champion ever…
    all the more disgusted with his conduct today, he wants everyone to step out of the way for him to get the title.
    both his championship were not deserved., he s always happy to pick the leftover points doesn have the killer instinct to hit first everytime.

    As for vettel congrats to him , thoroughly deserved the title.. looked like webber was not trying to overtake alonso, despite some 4 odd off track excursions.

    1. The way he shook his fist at Petrov at the chequered flag… that guy is not a sportsman.

      1. Quoting Alonso “I tried to pass him once and he protected like it was the last lap, in the last race in the championship, fighting both for the championship, so he was very aggressive.” – that’s called grit and racing to the fullest, well I guess Alonso has become accustomed to people letting him by… shame on him.

        1. He’s no class, then again neither has his team so he’s probably the perfect Ferrari driver! Thank God team orders didn’t decide the championship this year.

        2. Alonso will have to realize, that for Petrov this might have been his last chance of his life to show he should keep his drive for next year.

    2. agree with you harish totally

    3. both his championship were not deserved., he s always happy to pick the leftover points doesn have the killer instinct to hit first everytime.

      Rubbish, i’m afraid. He dominated the first half of 2005 and 2006, leaving his rivals playing catch-up. That’s why he could afford to minimize the damage done to his championship lead. And once he wrapped it up in 2005, he drove brilliantly in China and Japan.

  8. Sebastien deserved the title, more than any other of the contenders.
    Everyone made a lot of mistakes this year, and those who made less mistakes (Button and Webber) were also the slowest of them. No doubt about it. After his last errors, that little error in Singapore QLF that costed him the race, he drove outstanding. 4 race out of 4 won, if not for his engine in Korea. In a season that thight, it’s as remarkable as Alonso consistency.

    He should have won way before today, and the fact that he didn’t it’s less of his fault than it is.

    Lucky, i feel emotional about him winning. it must be awful not to feel any thrill about this finale, sorry guys =)

    1. CarsVsChildren
      14th November 2010, 17:27

      The result was thrilling. The race not so much.

      Abu Dhabi needs a serious re-design.

      Or a sprinkler system.

  9. Alonso didn’t show his fist to petrov but it was this “italian gesture” to say “come man, that was not cool for me”. and he actually said in the interview that petrov did what he had to do anyway.
    for sure compared the hypocritely politically correct attitude of some other people (like horner) in F1, it looks out of place.
    and even vettel had a similar attitude toward webber after they collided

    anyway, ferrari did the wrong thing, focusing on webber instead of chasing the leaders.
    vettel was always the fastest, it was surprinsing that he wasn’t world champion yet

  10. Like I said on the blog, well done also to Sir Jackie Stewart, his son Paul and everyone who worked at Stewart GP. They built the original team and a part of this victory is theirs.

  11. Well done Vettel, the youngest world champion and also a deserving one. Alonso’s race was quite baffling. I think he was too cautious and let Button through very easily at the start.

    Keith, can you do an analysis on why Ferrari decided to pit Alonso that early? I wanted to check on the relative pace of the other cars behind him; Sutil, Rosberg, Kubica, Petrov, Hulk during that period.

    I just want to know if he would have stuck to Button and Hamilton had he stayed out and pitted late considering that he was harrying Petrov all through, I thought he had the pace to stay in the top4 without any fuss.

  12. Amazing how most people here are more happy about Alonso losing the championship than Vettel winning it.

    Hard to get mad at Fernando. His own team screwed him over, there is nothing he could do. I hope heads will roll in the Ferrari garage, because it’s unbelievable to lose the championship in these conditions. All they had to do is follow the McLaren strategy. It was as simple as that. But apparently throwing away the 2008 WDC wasn’t enough, they had to do it again.

    Anyway, congrats to Vettel, he deserves it. Not bad for a “crash kid”.

    1. at manu
      iam one of those…….ya i never bother who wins the wdc but iam glad that alonso didnt…..
      vettel deserves it really…..bcoz he had bad lucks than those 4,,,,but he made it

    2. absolutely right manu. is only one solution they have to get rid of domenicali and massa
      what they did today was the most amateurish move i have seen from them in a long line of such a moves during domenicali era

      1. Massa paid Ferrari back today, I think. He neither didn’t win the start nor passed Web after the pitstop. Next season they treat him more politely.

    3. @ Manu…

      “Amazing how most people here are more happy about Alonso losing the championship than Vettel winning it.”

      This just shows how many people think Alonso is a cheating petulant cry-baby. If no other proof was offered, this is it.

      1. And what about Vettel’s gesture after his crash at the Turkish GP then? Please, don’t make me laugh.

  13. Anybody who says Alonso was in the heat of the moment and upset, hence the fist shaking is crazy. In no individual sport (running, skiing, swimming, cycling etc) have I seen such bad attitude. Alonso is a sore loser. There is no more to it than that.

    Congrat vettel. I supported u from ur first race with bwm. U deserved every bit of this. Sorry Lewis, next year. I feel bad for webber. He is a real gentleman sportsman (more than most of the drivers really). He just isn’t quick enough.

    1. Well, if you are not a ‘sore loser’ you are labeled as a ‘nice guy’. And everyone knows where nice guys finish, eg: Massa.

      If you want to aim for ultimate greatness, you have to be a bit of a sore loser, look at Vettel – hand gestures after Turkey, Hamilton – just yesterday, “Massa tried to take me off”, Schumacher – so many incidents.

      If you are not doing anything controversial, you are not going to win any championships either.

      1. I agree. You have to have a ruthless streak to be a champion, and all on your list have it. But only some have a penchant for complaining when a competitor, whether or not he is a teammate, does not prostrate himself before greatness. Whatever Alonso ultimately meant or said, if people draw the conclusion that he wanted Petrov to jump off the road for him, it’s his own fault.

  14. I knew I put that Red Bull F1 sticker on my rear window last year for a reason! Way to go Seb and Red Bull!

  15. STRFerrari4Ever
    14th November 2010, 15:46

    I KNEW IT :D AH yes :D After all the stick he took he overcame it and won. Thank you Sebastian.

  16. Younger Hamilton
    14th November 2010, 15:47

    Forgot about Alonso,i was supporting him this weekend alongside Lewis but after what he did at the end of the race to Petrov was truly unnecessary and anger from him before he thought about whining he should of asked his team about the strategy and why did he pit him too early.Truly the blame of this is these Modern F1 cars as of today there has to be significant changes for next season on these cars and should bring back Turbo Charged engines and Ground effect much earlier because the way Massa couldnt pass Alguersuari and Alonso and Webber couldnt pass Petrov as well as Lewis on Kubica is just a disgrace and shame to F1

    1. Younger Hamilton
      14th November 2010, 15:56

      To do add to my comment Alonso now didnt deserve the title at all, the So called’calm or cool’ Spainard is not cool,plus what he did in Germany whining and complaining about the fact he was fastest than Massa so what you’re both racing for Position no team orders shouldnt have been allowed there.In fact Alonso should of had much less wins than he did throughout this season at least 2 wins Singapore and Italy only

    2. Sorry that your idol couldn’t pass Kub unlike he could with Koba, but simply Kub was good enough (I believe he’s better in worse car). Fail to understand why it’s disgrace to F1? Absolutely contrary. HAM makes too many mistakes when under pressure.

      1. Younger Hamilton
        14th November 2010, 18:09

        I disagree its a disgrace because for the fans its not enough action and excitement plus Lewis like Fernando and Mark were getting affected by the dirty turbulent air boiling from the back of those Renaults plus they had much better traction out of the corners so Lewis did no mistakes whats so ever

        1. He did some mistakes mostly in breaking zones and once if i am not wrong when tried to pass kub.

  17. “Veni, vidi, vici” Sebastian Vettel

    1. You got that right!

  18. Karma can be a real B****. I’m glad the WDC isn’t tainted. I’m not too much of a VET fan, but full respect for him. He might not be able to overtake much but he sure does have the ability to drive the wheel off that RB6 when in clear air. Respect dude!

  19. “Vitaly, Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understand this message?”

    1. i speak russian. hehe

    2. Very funny. Maybe if they had said Vitaly Baby it would have worked.

  20. congrats vettel! totally deserved it!

    btw what was the music used in the final montage?

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