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Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Born on the 3rd of July 1987, Sebastian Vettel is a German Formula One racing driver currently driving for Red Bull Racing team. He started amateur karting at unbelievably young age of 3 and a half and began kart racing in series at the age of 8, in 1995. Early in 1998 he was accepted in the Red Bull Junior Team. In 2001 he won the Junior Monaco Kart Cup and in 2003 he was promoted to open wheel cars and in 2004 he won the German Formula BMW Championship with 18 out of 20 victories. In 2005 he drove in the Formula 3 Euro Series for ASL Mucke Motorsport. In the 2006 F3 Euroseries he finished as a runner-up behind series leader Paul di Resta.

In 2006 Sebastian Vettel became BMW Sauber third driver. The 2006 Turkish Grand Prix was his debut race. He set the day of his testing debut he set the fastest time in the Friday free practice. In the 2006 Italian Grand Prix he set the fastest time on both the Friday free practices. In 2007 he was confirmed as the BMW test driver. He also became the youngest driver ever to score a point in Formula One when he finished 8th at the United States Grand Prix.

In 2007 Vettel was released by BMW to join Red Bull’s Toro Rosso team to replace Scott Speed. 2007 and 2008 were both trying for Sebastian Vettel and by the first four races in 2008 he was the only one not to finish a single race. However in 2009, with Red Bull Racing he secured a second position and the podium at the Italian Grand Prix. This made him the youngest driver ever to win a F1 Grand Prix. From 2010 till 2013 he was the undefeated champion of the F1 Grand Prix. In 2014 he won the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award.

Vettel Chooses 5

Vettel Chooses 5

Sebastian Vettel has officially chosen number five as his permanent racing number on Friday. From 2014 there will be new rules and regulations and one of the rules say that a driver will have to have a permanent racing number from now on and that will be any number in between 2 and 99.

The driver will not be able to change the number he chooses for the rest of his career. The International Automobile Federation better known as the FIA recently published the list for all the drivers who have chosen their respective numbers for their cars. Pastor Maldonado the driver from Venezuela has chosen number 13 for his car. 13 have been considered as an unlucky number in many countries and that may be a reason why none of the drivers have ever selected this number for their car. In fact 13 have not yet been used in F1 history.

Jenson Button of McLaren has chosen number 22 which he thinks is lucky because he won the championship in 2009 with that number. When asked about his decision he said that it was an easy decision and he would like to win the championship again with that number. The list that was published had had some surprises and it was very interesting to see the reaction of the fans for their respective teams and drivers.

Fernando Alonso of Ferrari chose number 14 because he thinks it is lucky for him since at the age of 14 he won the karting title and the date was 14th July. So he has some childhood memories and reasons for choosing 14 as his number. He also added that he is a big fan of Real Madrid, the soccer club and his favorite player Xabi Alonso plays in that team and his jersey number is also 14. Hence he has taken that decision.