The championship leader Sebastian Vettel celebrates only his 24th birthday today. The German youngster has many records for being young: youngest runner up, youngest winner, youngest double winner, youngest winner for two teams (Toro Rosso and Red Bull) and of course youngest champion. He also has lots of records for being one of the best drivers in the best car.
But before he was a Formula One driver, he had to go up through the junior leagues like everyone else. He began in Formula BMW ADAC, finishing second in his first year and first in his second year. So in 2005 he moved in F3 Euroseries and became Williams test driver. That season was utterly dominated by Lewis Hamilton, and Seb didn’t win a single race. However, he managed to avoid any retirements.
In 2006, he continued in the series and was once again beaten, this time by Britain’s Paul di Resta. But Paul wasn’t quite so dominating and only had an 11 point lead on the German. Seb won four races, taking five other podiums as well.
The next year, Seb began a Formula Renault 3.5 season but got called up by Sauber for the US Grand Prix that year. Then he became a Toro Rosso driver and abandoned the junior series. The rest is history. Seb won Toro Rosso’s first (and so far only) race in 2008. He moved to Red Bull in 2009 and finished second in the championship. Last year he won the championship, and this year he is dominating the championship.