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

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256 comments on Sebastian Vettel becomes youngest ever F1 champion

  1. sato113 said on 14th November 2010, 17:09

    remember- ‘don’t worry guys, we will get them…’

    so true.

  2. Well done Vettel. I’d also like to thank Michael Schumacher for making it more entertaining than it might otherwise have been.

    Poor show from Alonso in all respects. Hamilton looked like he’d lost a pound and found a penny when he was being interviewed.

    • Also nice to see the teams that Alonso previously drove for doing him no favours. LOL

    • Dianna said on 14th November 2010, 19:01

      Not funny,MSC could have been killed,it was that close.
      I think your contribution needs to be deleted from the forum.Stupid comment.

      • ?

        He could have been killed. He could have killed Ruben’s. F1 is dangerous!

        Regardless, his contribution (unforced error) was pivotal in the race.

        • Maciek said on 14th November 2010, 20:35

          F1 is dangerous – don’t mean you need to be happy about seeing close calls. Besides which, your logic doesn’t even work – the safety car actually deprived us of closer racing in the opening stints because F1 drivers don’t know how to get a good overtake attempt going on restarts.

          • The safety car ‘may’ have deprived us of closer racing, I think you mean.

            Fortunately, Schumacher is Ok and I can thank him for his contribution knowing that he is OK.

  3. Who can say with hand on heart they didn`t see that coming.

  4. Robert said on 14th November 2010, 18:59

    Bravissimo Bravissimo! i love it, what a Champion, what a great season with an great bunch of drivers and what an improbable finalle. I love it i love it i love it!!!

    SEBASTIEN VETTEL F1 WORLD DRIVERS CHAMPION :0

  5. Thank you Keith and team . It has been a fantastic year!!

  6. question for you english folks. where did hamilton and button ended up this season?

  7. really??????????

    • You genuinely didn’t know (several hours after the race had finished) what positions in the championship Button and Hamilton had finished. Do you ‘google’ much at all?

  8. John H said on 14th November 2010, 20:53

    Funny that Schumacher influenced the outcome of the championship so much indirectly.. it just had to be. His good friend Felipe Massa will certainly be pleased he spun it!

  9. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th November 2010, 21:04

    Did anybody else see the picture of Vettel at the top of this page and think of Macauly Caulkin?

  10. So, 3 new champions in 3 years? who’s next Rosberg? :)

  11. Guess I am in the minority, I loved the race and I loved the track. For all who complain about passing. Watch NASCAR, you will see it a lot there. I do and love them all NASCAR, F1 and MotoGP. The best all all series.

  12. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 15th November 2010, 1:30

    Whose record did Alonso broke? Schumacher?

  13. I am glad that in the end team orders didn’t decide the championship.

    Although you can easily argue that using team orders are more likely to win you the Drivers championship I am glad that a driver from a team that didn’t use them ended up winning the title.

  14. P45 ceremony 1) Stefano 2) The rest of the reds 3) The renault team 4) the rest of the world………….. Because the world revolves around baby Alonso

  15. Muriel Smith said on 19th November 2010, 19:51

    Well Keith I did tell you a few weeks ago that virtually ALL THE RACES IN FORMULA 1 ARE FIXED AND MANIPULATED and the championship decider in Abu Dhabi on Sunday was no different … in fact it became glaringly obvious to me on Saturday that the lap times in the last two qualifying sessions were undoubtedly massaged and adjusted to produce a start grid that would play-out perfectly for the master manipulators (who virtually control every aspect of F1) and their co-conspirators with what they had pre-planned for the race … yep the MMs’ certainly excelled themselves this time … all orchestrated and executed with ruthless precision to not only prevent Alonso from winning the drivers’ championship this year but to ensure that Vettel did win it and that Hamilton and Button were either side of him on the podiums so that McLaren would clinch second in the constructors’ championship!

    Almost gone are the days of the loose wheel nut and/or tampering with the actual cars before the race or during the pit-stops … no the MMs’ have had to become much more subtle and (Shu)machiavellian in recent years and in Alonso’s case they’ve relentlessly stymied all his efforts and continually tried to break his competitive spirit because he’s just too good … they tarnished his reputation in Budapest 2007 and he has been branded ever since as a dirty rotten cheat … it’s significant too that only Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds were found guilty of fixing the outcome of a race while Alonso was their driver (and as a result were both unceremoniously dismissed from Renault) … and we know how they were supposed to have allegedly ‘fixed’ said race don’t we … the only reason that particular episode hasn’t been referred to more often (to try and further cast aspersions and sully Alonso’s reputation) is because the MMs’ don’t want to draw too much attention to it lest people realise what really goes on in F1??

    Ohh talk about ‘the pots calling the kettles black’ … the constant hypocrisy and double-dealing that abounds … the scheming and plotting … the sheer arrogance of their underestimating our intelligence and making the sore mistake of taking us all for idiots … and by all I don’t just mean the fans … I wonder what the sponsors would think if they found out the truth … the King of Spain … all the Sheiks and Princes in Abu Dhabi … all the people who have invested huge amounts of their cash and energy into the sport … like I said before Keith the truth will out in the near future and a lot of people are going to flush with embarrassment and reproach themselves … it’s a can of very nasty worms indeed because we’re talking virtually every race for decades … they’ve just gone one step too far this time and the day of retribution looms!

    A few weeks ago I sent you (and many other influential F1 people) the irrefutable proof of Alonso’s innocence and Ron Dennis’ guilt with regard to the Hungarian pit-stop incident back in 2007 … clearly you all chose to ignore it because before the race in Interlagos we were once again shown on our TVs Alonso stationary (like the proverbial sitting duck) at that pitstop with Hamilton behind him (and Dennis and Whitmarsh looking round from the pit wall) while Martin Brundle reminded us that Alonso deliberately held-up Hamilton’s last flying lap and that there was no love lost between these two team-mates, etc … a totally indefensible and outrageous lie that keeps getting churned out whenever Alonso has any success or is possibly in with a chance of winning the title (grrr!).

    And next season of course they will have the nerve to keep showing us (over and over) the footage of Alonso shaking his fist at Petrov at the end of the race … any other driver vying for the championship and it would have been ‘understandably venting their frustration on Petrov after being trapped behind him for the last 37 laps’ … but because it’s Alonso they will ‘milk it for all it’s worth’ and use it against him at every opportunity … I myself (as I’m sure many other pro-Alonso fans would agree) can completely understand and empathise with why he temporarily lost his cool at that moment!

    What follows is my own personal take on the qualifying sessions and the race in Abu Dhabi and I can confidently state that you will find no other race analysis like it anywhere … I’m not sure about where your loyalties lie Keith (you could be one of many who are in Ron Dennis’ pocket and/or helping to do the MMs’ dirty work … whether knowingly or unwittingly??) … even so I think you will find my analysis very informative and eye-opening … I’m hereby accusing the MMs’ of Formula 1 Motorsport (whoever they might be?) of blatantly fixing the outcome of the final race in Abu Dhabi … let’s start with the final two qualifying sessions and dissect how the MMs’ managed to adjust the lap times of the top dozen or so drivers so that they could slot-in their carefully chosen ‘pawns’ exactly where they wanted them … the following list applies mainly to the pawns and key players in this race:

    1st: Vettel (so that he could sail to victory and the drivers’ crown unimpeded)

    2nd: Hamilton (no problems with grip or his car this weekend because McLaren need him to gain a podium to
    clinch 2nd in the constructors’)

    3rd: Alonso (there was no way that he could have got 3rd position because he was stuck in traffic and had to slow to find space on his last flying lap but 3rd is where he had been allocated by the MMs’)

    4th: Button (certainly didn’t have an undriveable car or problems with grip this weekend for the same reasons as his team-mate Hamilton)

    5th: Webber (second time only that Webber was not on first or second row this season … he claimed that he ‘couldn’t find the pace’??? … last time he was 5th was to keep Alonso behind him while Vettel charged ahead)

    6th: Massa (too little too late from Felipe and still he wasn’t able to assist his team-mate in any way, shape or form?)

    8th: Schumacher (in the German Mercedes car and strategically placed for his pivotal contribution to the MMs’ plan which would come before the end of the first lap)

    9th: Rosberg (another fast driver in the second Mercedes car and also a fellow Countryman of Vettel’s and indeed Schumacher his team-mate’s?)

    10th: Petrov (in the Renault which is a cousin car to the Red Bulls as both are powered by Renault engines … the Renault cars are known to have really good traction and have recently gained speed from significantly (and to my mind suspiciously in this race?) successful ‘upgrades’?? … this young Russian is hoping to retain his seat for next season … enough said?)

    11th: Kubica (first time all season out of the top ten??? … this so that he could choose the harder tyre which would effectively take him far enough in the race to gain a 23-second lead over Petrov and/or Alonso and thereby come out from his pit-stop ahead of them … Kubica was additional insurance in case Alonso somehow managed to get past Petrov and Rosberg … his main role was to steal that crucial 4th place from the championship leader Alonso by the end of the race)

    15th: Hulkenberg (not a key player in this race but another German used last time out to slow Alonso … what a long way off from his pole at Interlagos only 7 days previously … notable too that he drives for the British team Williams???)

    16th: Liuzzi (the crash king and arch deployer of the safety car for the MMs’ … I’ve lost count of how many incidents he’s been involved in or caused this season which have invariably brought out the SC … his contrived crash in Interlagos when Alonso was directly behind him didn’t quite go to plan and stop Alonso from nabbing the 3rd podium so in this race he will be working closely (a bit too closely some might say after) with that maestro of machinations himself Michael Schumacher who will cunningly park his car on the track and await Liuzzi’s ‘unavoidable collision’ with it?!?)

    And there you have it Keith … the scene was all set for Vettel’s victory and Alonso’s downfall the day before the race but just before I get to the actual race here are some interesting (and perhaps very telling) pre-race comments:

    Martin Whitmarsh: “Fernando wasn’t expected to be in the mix at this stage of the season” … said in discussion with Christian Horner??

    Eddie Jordan: “Vettel would make a great world champion and ambassador for the sport” … for about the tenth time this season?

    Martin Brundle: “I hope there’s not an incident at the first corner which will eliminate half of the different permutations and calling the race winner” (he says this even though it was he and David Coulthard who demonstrated to us that in Abu Dhabi it’s the widest and easiest first corner on the calendar?)

    Brundle again: “Kubica is starting on the harder tyre and could become quite a problem for the strategies working for Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari … he may well run a lot longer and could interfere with the run of play because the top ten are all on the softer tyre”

    The following is the race from my perspective to show just how well the MMs’ ‘arrangement’ panned out … how would I describe it best … like putting together the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle … or a dominoe effect … no I think it has to be compared to ‘moving the pieces (especially the ‘pawns’) on a chess board one by one to ultimately checkmate the King … Alonso’:

    Lap 1: Button passes Alonso before the first corner (as intended) so Alonso is 4th … Schumacher deliberately spins his car just after coming around turn 5 (please note: it was subsequently confirmed that there was no contact with Rosberg as was first assumed) and comes to a stop on the left-hand-side of the track facing the oncoming 15 or so cars that are all hurtling round the bend and jockeying for position … every single car manages to avoid Schumacher’s car either on the right side of the track (sometimes two abreast) or a few of them straightening out just after the turn to veer across the very ample run-off area on the left.

    I repeat … that’s 15 cars all steering clear of the stationary Mercedes with the help of a very wide track and run-offs but who drives straight into MS (when you can actually see in slow motion that he too could have swerved left to avoid it) … our old friend the crash king himself Antonio Liuzzi … the MMs’ had to ensure that there was enough debris scattered on the track so that the safety car would be called out … this allowed Rosberg and Petrov (among others) to pit under the safety car for their harder tyres … Martin Brundle immediately tells us that: “Rosberg could become a nuisance along with Kubica later on for the leaders” … also that “the safety car has really added some spice to the race now”?? Please note that turn 5 was the only corner where they could make the crash look realistic and convincing.

    Lap 3: Behind the safety car Kubica now up to 10th … Rosberg 17th and Petrov 18th after their pit-stops … the camera goes to Liuzzi and Schumacher who are smiling and chatting as they return along the pitlane to their respective garages … they wave at the spectators above and Schumacher gives Liuzzi a friendly pat on the shoulder as they part (job done!) … Ted Kravitz explains to us why Webber didn’t pit early under the safety car as he did in Spa and it was “because he needed to be aggressive and attack Alonso on the restart and try to get some distance on him”, etc. Safety car in at end of lap 5.

    Lap 6: Kubica up to 9th, Rosberg 16th and Petrov 17th.

    Lap 9: Webber in 5th sandwiched between Alonso 4th and Massa 6th.

    Lap 10: Rosberg up to 13th … we are told “Webber has no pace and is not making an impact on Alonso … the Ferraris’ are quicker”.

    Lap 11: Hamilton is 2nd close behind leader Vettel.

    Lap 12: Webber pits for harder tyres and Brundle declares “he’s going to slot back in behind Sutil, Kubica and maybe even Rosberg and they are going to hold up his progress … ohh he’s behind Petrov as well … Mark Webber’s in trouble … the traffic is going to absolutely wreck Webber’s race”.

    Lap 13: Massa comes in so as to (presumably) get out and hold up Mark Webber but he actually emerges behind Webber?

    Lap 14: Alonso does a flying lap to pit and get out ahead of Webber … which he succeeds in doing.

    Lap 17: Alonso now 12th and Webber 13th while Vettel and Hamilton are both going longer on their tyres so as not to get caught up in traffic … they need a 22-second gap … Rosberg has already stopped and is now 24-seconds down the road.
    Lap 22: Alonso (who has been trapped behind Petrov for the last 8 laps) gets a message to say that it’s critical to pass him (but we all know from last year how difficult it is to overtake on this circuit??).

    Lap 30: Ted Kravitz says: “the faces in the Ferrari garage look like a black Monday as they can see their championship slipping away from them … it was all so silly because Ferrari didn’t need to do what they did … if they had just stayed out and mirrored what Hamilton and Vettel did they would be in a much better position now”.

    Lap 37: Alonso up to 9th due to Hulkenberg’s stop but trailing behind Kubica by 20-seconds … Brundle says: “remember that Renault would probably like to see a world champion today who is powered by one of their engines and at the moment Kubica and Petrov are doing a fine job of holding Alonso back … or rather Kubica could do so in a while.

    Lap 39: Button pits and comes out behind Hamilton (and Kubica who has still got to stop) … Button needs a podium for McLaren to come second in the constructors championship.

    Lap 41: Ted Kravitz now in the Red Bull garage says: “Dr Helmut Margot has done the math and will be sending a crate of champagne to Petrov for helping them out with Alonso … everything’s going Vettel’s way and the title is slipping away from Alonso”.

    Lap 43: Alonso’s engineer Andrea radios him to urge: “use the best of your talent … we know how big it is … use it!”

    Lap 47: Kubica finally pits 23-seconds ahead of Petrov … he comes out ahead of Petrov and Alonso.

    Lap 48: Brundle says: “what an impact Schumacher and Liuzzi’s contact down there in turn 5 has had on the world championship … bringing out the safety car which allowed some of the mid-fielders to pit early and put them into play”

    Lap 51: After 50 laps of Webber trailing behind Alonso he suddenly gets a radio message urging him to try and get past Alonso??

    Lap 55: Vettel wins (as was always intended from day one), Hamilton and Button conveniently get their podiums for McLaren’s second in the constructors and Kubica, Petrov and Rosberg coming home 4th. 5th and 6th proved to be three well-chosen and stalwart safety buffers who succeeded in denying Alonso his drivers’ championship crown … job done!

    All this thanks to the cunning and covert strategies devised by the MMs’ and their co-conspirators who were counting on Ferrari to react to Webber’s pit-stop … Mark of course played the part of the pied piper to get Alonso to follow him into the pits … he never intended to win this race or even try to get past Alonso and he certainly never had a rat’s hope in hell of winning the drivers’ championship himself … neither did Alonso who got well and truly stuck behind Vitale Petrov for the last 35 laps of the race … the whys/wiles and wherefores are many and I haven’t got time to discuss them here but will end by telling you that:

    Mark Webber post-race told Lee McKenze: “we came in early for the harder tyre which obviously hurt Fernando because he had to cover me off … so in a way I suppose it was a bit of a team effort but I didn’t get the result I wanted”. Notably Webber didn’t put in an appearance at the Red Bull celebrations later in the day as far as I am aware … make of that what you will??

    It was also conspicuous that Felipe Massa was nowhere to be seen after the race and wasn’t asked for his opinion … nor any of the Ferrari team members (if I remember rightly?).

    And so Keith … the ‘pied piper ploy’ won the day for Vettel (and Red Bull) and ‘I rest my case’ … I’m now in the process of circulating this information to as many people as possible but at a later date it will be edited and amended to become a chapter in my book … until my tome is published I will continue to collect even more compelling evidence and unputdownable fodder for the fans next season … like I warned before Keith inevitably the MMs’ will come to regret their cheating and corruption and many F1 personnel will be losing their jobs and livelihoods as a result of it … what a boring and tedious final race when it could have been spectacular … a tragic waste of talent out there on the track that we weren’t allowed to see … very sad??

    Regards … Murial

    • Ah yes and don’t forget –
      1) we never landed on the moon
      2) the CIA killed Kenedy
      3) the earth is flat or else we would all fall off if it were round
      4) George W authorised the blowing up of the twin towers
      5) Obama is a muslim socialist/communist (take your pic) born in Africa
      6) Elvis is still in the building
      7) ohh and area 51… let’s not go there…

    • You should write a book. You’ve practically written one here.

      Thing is, if you write a book, did you really write it? Or is it manipulated by the devil, or MM? Or did F1F subtly change a few key details to affect the out come? Perhaps the conclusion is not as clear as it would have been, because the TV was on at the time and subtly altered your mental river of reasoning, directing the flow and hiding the truth ever more.

      Either way, you’re a lone voice, and the reaction of most of the people who begin, but wont finish your diatribe, is that it’s complete rubbish, and their eyes will roll, before either not bothered to reply, or doing what I’m doing… making a futile condescending attempt to poke your conspirator’ed mind out of the organised chaos in to the world of reality, where anything can happen.

      Life is never that structured, even in a dictatorship, it will eventually fall. F1 is not a dictatorship, it’s a sport of many many parties.

      I’m now bored of replying to you as I’ve wasted 5 minutes of my life that I could have spent thinking of flowers.

      Good bye.

    • CarsVsChildren said on 19th November 2010, 23:15

      comment of the day.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 20th November 2010, 4:01

      You are clearly an Alonso fan and infuriated that he could not win the championship. Rather than accet that Alonso simply wasn’t good enough, you have managed to conjure up a conspiracy involving the entire grid to deprive him of a third World Championship.

      Ockham’s Razor states that when you have two competing theories, the one that requires less stretch of the imagination is probbly true. So either Fernando Alonso wasn’t good enough to win the World Championship … or MM (I assume this is Max Mosley) has been manipulating the entire course of the season by somehow having drivers qualify and crash into one another in the exact order that they needed to in order to deprive Alonso of a championship.

    • Regis said on 20th November 2010, 4:07

      Great read :)

      What’s a MM?

    • Scalextric said on 20th November 2010, 6:34

      Muriel or Murial. If you didn’t lose all your cash betting on Alonso this season, please spend something on some serious medical help. Seriously.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 20th November 2010, 7:42

        I’m just wondering what he’s going to do next. I bet he’ll claim that we’ve all been blinded to the “bigger picture” or some such simply because we don’t agree with him.

        • Andy W said on 20th November 2010, 9:53

          More than likely….

          Either that or the M&Ms are of the peanut variety and failed to take advantage of the gift Ferrari gave them when they could have kicked him out of the championship over the team orders rule breaking.

    • al_amana said on 20th November 2010, 10:15

      Ok without getting too worked up Murial, I have a view points of my own for you to consider. I won’t tell you that you’re crazy or need help because I believe everyone has a right to their opinion, especially when you take into consideration the amount of in depth analysis you have presented us with…..

      My first comment would be, hindsight, usually is 20/20 or at least easy to call upon when calling foul play. Had you come to us prior to the event explaining that we were going to witness the biggest set up in sporting history then some of us might have thought your argument had some merit.

      The next and probably the most dispelling point is in regards to Michael Schumacher. There is no way in the world the richest and if not the greatest driver in F1 is going to put his life on the line so that a young, albeit countryman, could claim the WDC. I don’t know how many replays you saw of the incident but at first and even after the fifth replay, I was certain that the great Michael Schumacher was dead if not surely very gravely injured. I don’t care what you say but no way does MSC risk his life for anyone. His arrogance alone would assure me of that!!! As for the remark that he tapped Liuzzi on the back as if to say “Good job, we really fooled them” I would argue that it was more of a case of him saying “Don’t worry mate I’m alright” after all Liuzzi was no doubt shaken up at how close that was.

      So Murial buddy, like someone else has said, your clearly feel strongly about Alonso not winning the title but there are way too many variables that could have gone the other way for your cry of foul play to be a valid one.

      Next you’ll be telling us that 2008 was a scam as well!!!

      • Scribe (@scribe) said on 20th November 2010, 11:53

        I think I’m calling Poe’s Law on this whole debacle. Though probably not huh?

        • I’m a bit scared after that….

          I am beginning to suspect everything

          I dont trust my Citroen C3 anymore….its petrol keeps on running out…I think it’s in league with all the oil companies…

    • D8
      (shocked face)

    • TommyC said on 21st November 2010, 12:26

      “I’m now in the process of circulating this information to as many people as possible”

      haha, so am i…

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