Sebastian Vettel becomes youngest ever F1 champion

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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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256 comments on Sebastian Vettel becomes youngest ever F1 champion

  1. F1iLike said on 14th November 2010, 15:31

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

    • Robert said on 14th November 2010, 19:11

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


  2. harish said on 14th November 2010, 15:32

    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.

    • Robbie said on 14th November 2010, 15:49

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

      • 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.

        • Jack Holt said on 14th November 2010, 16:00

          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.

        • 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.

    • agree with you harish totally

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 14th November 2010, 16:03

      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.

  3. Stefanauss said on 14th November 2010, 15:34

    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 =)

    • CarsVsChildren said on 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.

  4. 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

  5. Icthyes said on 14th November 2010, 15:39

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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”.

    • 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

    • 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

      • 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.

    • DannyJ said on 14th November 2010, 16:24

      @ 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.

  8. 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.

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

      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.

      • 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.

  9. rotbimmer said on 14th November 2010, 15:45

    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!

  10. STRFerrari4Ever said on 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.

  11. Younger Hamilton said on 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

    • Younger Hamilton said on 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

    • 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.

      • Younger Hamilton said on 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

  12. “Veni, vidi, vici” Sebastian Vettel

  13. Snoopy said on 14th November 2010, 15:47

    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!

  14. Robbie said on 14th November 2010, 15:48

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

  15. poochi said on 14th November 2010, 15:48

    congrats vettel! totally deserved it!

    btw what was the music used in the final montage?

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