Formula 1 star ends his career: Racing ruined Vettel’s legacy – leaving him defeated by Schumi’s legacy
Sebastian Vettel is ending his Formula 1 career. After a decade and a half, the four-time world champion has had enough. His dominance with Red Bull was a long time ago, with Ferrari and Aston Martin he will never return to those fields. However, Formula 1 is losing one of the most influential drivers of all time.
Sebastian Vettel wins Formula 1 with a wicked smile. In his first ever race on June 17, 2007 at the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis, he finished seventh on the grid as a substitute driver for Robert Kubica’s BMW Sauber at BMW Sauber. At 19 years and 350 days, he was the youngest racing driver to achieve this at the pinnacle of racing.
In the same season, Scuderia Toro Rosso signed him and the world of Formula 1 will excite its eyes more and more to the surprise of the boy from Heppenheim.
Fearless and cheeky, he sweeps through the field in the turbulent water races at Fuji and Shanghai, beating the fierce competition from Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and David Coulthard in the lower car.
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Vettel becomes the rain control in Formula 1. If he dribbles, he can turn Toro Rosso into a winning car. At the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza he celebrated his first pole position and his first victory in the warm Italian summer rain. What a victory for the then 21-year-old. For the first time, his broad smile shines on the Formula 1 circus from the top of the podium.
The path from Toro Rosso to Red Bull is drawn, the up-and-coming driver joins the up-and-coming racing team. Together they build a great dominance that was previously only achieved by Ferrari and Michael Schumacher in this form.
What remains of Vettel’s first title is a cry
In the first year he was beaten by Jenson Button in a Brawn-Mercedes in the fight for the World Championship. A year later, he fought one of the most exciting World Championship battles of all time with Alonso (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and teammate Mark Webber – and an exciting final in Abu Dhabi.
Today, Vettel, third overall, is only a stranger to the title. Alonso only needs to finish fifth to clinch the title. When Vettel crosses the finish line as the winner under the desert night sky, uncertainty begins.
“Okay Sebastian, good job. I have to wait until everyone has crossed the line,” his team announced. “I have to wait but it looks good…Hamilton P2, Button P3, Rosberg P4, Kubica P5, you are WORLD CHAMPION!”
Tears flow in the cockpit, Vettel can’t put his joy into words, his cries go around the world. On stage he is still overwhelmed by his emotions, but the mischievous smile disappears again and again.
Vettel and Red Bull dominate Formula 1
In the following years it can be seen many times. Vettel dominates the V8 era of Formula 1, drives away from everyone and becomes world champion in Red Bull four times in a row from 2010 to 2013.
Can he even catch Michael Schumacher’s seven titles? His role model, his idol, his mentor and friend, the greatest legend in motor racing?
Vettel is following in Schumi’s legacy and, at the age of 27, he is fulfilling a childhood dream: he skates on the legendary red. Vettel must restore the legendary but tarnished Scuderia to its former glory. The last Ferrari title started in 2007 with Raikkonen. Schumi won five titles here from 2000 to 2004 and rose to become the best in the game. That is also Vettel’s desire.
Vettel’s death at Ferrari
But things are different, Vettel’s second half of his career is generally different. In 2014, the 2.4-liter V8 engines became obsolete, and a new era of V6 and 1.6-liter hybrid engines began. The driving experience changes in the German style.
In the first few years, he competed for the World Championship, but the new ruler of Formula 1 is now Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes car. Schumacher himself helped the racing team from 2010 to 2012 as a development driver, and this legacy of all things hinders Vettel’s dream in red.
For him it is no longer about his legacy in Formula 1. He wants to protect Schumacher’s record of seven titles from Hamilton. He fails.
Vettel’s fear of Hockenheim
He fails because he fails Ferrari. He fails because he fails because of the team and above all because of himself. Race becomes its example.
In 2018 he is still in the midst of a world championship fight against Hamilton. He has just won at Silverstone on the Briton’s home circuit, and is also leading his home Grand Prix at Hockenheim. At the Motordrom he loses control of his Ferrari and crashes into a wall in front of screaming fans.
The scene is a reflection of his decline in Formula 1. Confused and stunned, he hits the steering wheel, then goes off the road with his head down. From the head dream with Ferrari.
From here everything is different. Vettel makes more and more incomprehensible mistakes, his team makes strategic mistakes and puts sticks in the box. Evil laughter is becoming increasingly rare.
After the 2020 season, the Ferrari chapter is complete for Vettel. The four-time world champion has retired and is moving to Aston Martin for another two years.
Vettel: One of the best of all time
Vettel has recently made headlines through his political commitment, fight for human rights and the environment and his friendship with Mick Schumacher, who is now taking over his father’s role.
Success on the race track is not there. Now he has had enough. At the age of 35 he finished his career after the season. Despite the decline of his career, Vettel will go down in history as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.
53 wins, 122 podiums, four titles. Behind Schumacher (7), Hamilton (7) and Juan Manuel Fangio (5), Vettel is fourth on the all-time list alongside Alain Prost.
Formula 1 is losing one of its greatest and most famous athletes – and the worst feeling in the history of the race.
Book reference: “Sebastian Vettel: A Biography”
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