Sebastian Vettel – Another Michael Schumacher in the Making

World Champion Formula one driver, Sebastian Vettel may have already begun reminding you of another Michael Schumacher. Since he is only 26 years old, the time is on his side and you may keep seeing him in many F1 Grand Prix Tournaments in years to come. In the last 8 races of the 2013 season, he has either secured the pole position or a second place. Except in April at Chinese Grand Prix, where he was placed 9th, Vettel has not been found wanting. It has been a controlled exhibition of a truly consistence performance.

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel

In keeping with such performances, Sebastian Vettel recorded his third consecutive win last Sunday at the Buddha International Circuit at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. Vettel won the race in 2011, Indian GP’s inaugural year and again in 2012. In any case, 2013 has been a fantastic year for Vettel. With just two races remaining this season; he has already pushed the second placed Ferrari driver, Fernando Alonso, too far down with a lead of 130 points. Vettel’s lead over 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen is a massive 164.

With his victory at the Indian GP, the sensational German entered the record books as the youngest F1 driver to have ever become the 4-time world champion. A few days later, on November 3, 2013, Vettel led his Red Bull team for 1-2 position in free practice at Marina Circuit of the Abu Dhabi GP venue. And despite losing the pole position to team-mate Mark Webber, Vettel won Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in style. This was Vettel’s 11th win this year and the seventh on the trot. With this victory, Vettel is bang on target to equal two targets. The first one is winning 13 times in a season, as did compatriot Michael Schumacher and the second one will be a consecutive victories record, which remains unbroken after Alberto Ascari won nine consecutive F1 grand prix events, 60 years ago.

Vettel has been in fabulous form since he won the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix. This victory made him the youngest double world champion. In the eventful 2011 racing season, his Red Bull team also took the constructors’ championship in South Africa. In 2011, Vettel finished as winner in 11 races and broke the record for 15 pole positions in a season, a feat no one has ever achieved. Despite a slow start in 2012, Vettel still won 4 races in a row and posed a challenge to Fernando Alonso and Ferrari all through the season. By end 2012, Vettel took the decisive lead from Alonso, after the last round in Brazil, finishing the season ahead of the Spaniard. The 2013 racing season, so far, has literally belonged to Vettel. Though he could not win the Australian GP at Melbourne in March 2013, he was a clean winner in the second race of the season in Malaysia. The following Chinese Grand Prix was won by Alonso but Vettel easily won the Bahrain Grand Prix. Then Vettel had to cede the next two races. While Alonso won the Spanish GP, Nico Rosberg was the winner at Monaco. Then Vettel was back on top at Canada. In the British GP, however, Vettel did not figure anywhere, having retired from the race. Vettel came back as the winner in the next race at German Grand Prix and finished third, behind Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikonnen in the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 28, 2013. After Hungary, Vettel came back in the reckoning to win the Belgian Grand Prix in August and since then, he has not lost a single race this season. With only the US and Brazilian GP remaining this year, Vettel is on his way to new highs in the Formula 1 events. With his brilliant performance, Sebastian Vettel has already matched four F1 titles won by Alain Prost. Now he is right behind Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five titles, more than 50 years ago. But Vettel could be eying at the achievements of his countryman, the legendary Michael Schumacher, who holds the record of seven F1 titles and five straight wins.

 

R K Gupta

R K Gupta

Mr. RK Gupta has been a prolific Kridangan writer on major international sport-events for last two years. Basically a Mechanical Engineer and Administrative Management Post Graduate, Mr. Gupta took to blog-writing as a hobby after his retirement in 2011. He graduated to full-time sports-writing after joining Kridangan.com in 2013. Most of Mr. Gupta’s posts are topical and analytical in nature; completely distinct from usual media reports. His narration on popular sports-events lends uniqueness to the reporting and makes it enjoyable for global sports readership.
R K Gupta

R K Gupta

Mr. RK Gupta has been a prolific Kridangan writer on major international sport-events for last two years. Basically a Mechanical Engineer and Administrative Management Post Graduate, Mr. Gupta took to blog-writing as a hobby after his retirement in 2011. He graduated to full-time sports-writing after joining Kridangan.com in 2013. Most of Mr. Gupta’s posts are topical and analytical in nature; completely distinct from usual media reports. His narration on popular sports-events lends uniqueness to the reporting and makes it enjoyable for global sports readership.

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