Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel was born July 3, 1987 in a small district center in Germany - Heppenheim. Despite the young age of Vettel, for 2009, ranked second in the ranking of the Formula 1 and a portfolio of 84 points. The hard way on the steps of sports career Vettel started in 1995 in karting. In 2001 he wins the national and European Junior Championships, and since 2003, playing in the German series BMW and already in the debut season becoming vice-champion. Next season brings Vettel is the title of champion. Manual BMW does not overlook the outstanding results of the young rider. In 2005, Vettel gets the opportunity to participate in the tests of the Formula 1 and at the same time act in European Formula 3. This season, gaining 64 points, he finished fifth try on the title - the newcomer of the year. Yes, a welcome victory in the race has been won, but the "fault" was not the low-skilled Vettel and Lewis Hamilton dominated. 2006 was marked for Sebastian conclusion of the contract with BMW Sauber test driver. This did not prevent him to continue his performance in the Formula 3 season and finish second. A welcome debut in Formula 1 pilot has brought major Vettel in 2007, the team Toro Rosso. In qualifying Sebastian showed the result of the seventh and finished eighth in the race. This allowed the German racer to earn his first point, on the indicator to become the youngest ever Formula 1 pilot and firmly establish themselves on the line 14 in the final ranking of pilots. Thoroughly consolidate the team Toro Rosso Sebastian Vettel was able in 2008, recording an asset to his first pole position and victory at the Italian Grand Prix race in the rain. In general, this year was successful for the driver - 35 points and eighth in the rankings - not a bad result. At the end of the season Vettel refused to renew the contract with Toro Rosso and goes to the team Red Bull. Rainy race in Japan in 2009 gave Vettel is a good chance to get on the podium, but made a mistake, he was unable to finish. However, it is the next stage, which took place in China has helped rehabilitate a German, to collect transcripts points (second in the season), to earn second pole position and finish the Grand Prix of the fourth. At the beginning of 2010, Sebastian Vettel took part in the three seasons of Formula 1, played 43 times at the Grand Prix, won 5 wins, 5 pole positions and earned 125 points. And this in 22 years.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that this year will once again win for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. And this in spite of the promising rumors that came from Maranello.Nico Rosberg "My prediction matches what happened in the past year. Thus, at this time wins again Lewis Hamilton, one step ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Behind them, Valtteri Bottas and both pilots of Red Bull, and this time Verstappen will be faster Riccardo".
His best season in Formula 1 Daniil Kvyat held in 2015. Then the Russians were on the car of Red Bull with the number "26".Kvyat made his debut in the championship in 2014 in the Toro Rosso. His progress during the season so impressed the leadership of the Red Bull that Sebastian Vettel went to Ferrari, in his place was invited Daniel.The start of the 2015 season turned out to be difficult for Red Bull because of the constant failures of the engine Renault. For example, in Australia, Daniel never even made it to the starting grid. Reliability gradually came to normal, and began to appear the results. In Monaco Kvyat started fifth and finished fourth. Then there was sixth place in the UK. Finally, in Hungary, Quat climbed to the second step of the podium - the best result for the citizens of Russia.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff was seen on the Austrian ski slopes in company with Sebastian Vettel, so the German is already waiting for loud headlines in the press.Toto Wolff "Now you write all that Sebastian goes to Mercedes But we are just neighbours in Switzerland and friends, we just have fun times together".
The former head of the eponymous Formula 1 team Giancarlo Minardi believes that Kimi Raikkonen is the weak link in Ferrari, and it can change during the season-2018.Giancarlo Minardi "We expect an interesting season. Many pilots at the end of the year over the contracts, and they need to go all out to prove yourself to potential employers.The extension of the contract with Kimi Raikkonen, I think, was due to the wishes of Sebastian Vettel. But in the second half of the season, Raikkonen has shown inconsistent results.To win the Mercedes, Ferrari should have two strong pilots, and I think that during the season changes may occur".Raikkonen came to Ferrari in 2007 and immediately became a champion. After two not very successful seasons Finn was asked to leave the team. In 2014 Kimi back, but since then has never won the race.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel told about what is happening in Maranello these days.Sebastian Vettel "There work just boils for the last two months. We are trying to make the car faster, more powerful and reliable. Let's see where we are.It is obvious that the rules remain roughly unchanged. I think we have a good platform that will be developed in the beginning of the year, so we hope that we can continue to fight for the title.In the end, like a pilot who wants to win, I don't know yet whether we have enough speed to fight for victory.
The former head of the championship Bernie Ecclestone each year ordered sarcastic Christmas cards. This tradition was supported by the new leadership of Formula 1.The new card is a play on some of the events of the last season Fernando Alonso in a lounge chair, Kimi Raikkonen driving, "cute" dialogue hlkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, the intransigence of the partners in the Force India and, of course, the main characters - Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
Champion 1997 Jacques Villeneuve criticized Valtteri Bottas. According to the canadian, the Finn does not correspond to the level of Mercedes.Jacques Villeneuve "the Results of Bottas disappointed me. He was a regular pilot number two.Ferrari work better with the pilots, and Kimi Raikkonen can always cover up for Sebastian Vettel. The bottom should take his example".
Columnist of the Formula-1 James Allen told about the last season of Sebastian Vettel.James Allen "a Very good season for Sebastian, but not great, because he and Ferrari lost the world championship. Five victories and four pole position was a decent result after the failure of the season in 2016, where he seemed to have lost their way with the team.Vettel will reflect on the season of 2017, when he let his emotions interfere with the fight for victory. Emotions cost him victories in Baku and Singapore, possibly in Mexico. Perhaps comprehended his actions, he can become a stronger pilot in the upcoming season.
In the history of Formula 1 only thirty-two pilots managed at least once to win the title. Sixteen of them won the championship more than once, ten more than two times. This year Lewis Hamilton became the fifth pilot, who managed to win the championship four times.The first championship title in Formula 1 was played in 1950. In 1953 appeared the first two-time champion Alberto Ascari. Two years later, the championship became the first three-time champion - Juan Manuel Fangio. He in 1956 became the first four-time.Nine years it took Hamilton to after the first title was obtained in 2008 to earn the next three. This is the longest period for four-time Champions. In this regard, the record belongs to Sebastian Vettel, who became a four-time champion just three years after the first victory in the championship.The youngest four-time champion is Sebastian Vettel. In 2013, when he won the third title, the German was 26 years 3 months 24 days. The age four-time champion Juan-Manuel Fangio. The Argentine has turned 45 years 1 month 12 days ahead of schedule when he won the championship in 1956. For comparison, the Hamilton is in a good race in Mexico turned 32 years 9 months 22 days.Only one pilot managed to win all four League titles in a team - Sebastian Vettel Red Bull. Three won four titles, speaking in two teams Alain Prost McLaren and Williams, Michael Schumacher Benetton and Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton McLaren and Mercedes. Juan-Manuel Fangio four Championships won in three different teams Alfa Romeo, Mercedes and Ferrari.Only two of them managed to win more than four titles. Will add to this list is Lewis Hamilton Maybe Sebastian VettelA list of the pilots who won four or more titles1. Michael Schumacher - 7 titles 1994, 1995, 2000-20042. Juan Manuel Fangio - 5 1951, 1954-19573. Alain Prost - 4 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993 Sebastian Vettel - 4 2010-2013 Lewis Hamilton - 4 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner agreed with the team model, where both pilots may equally push each other to higher results.Recall that during the domination of Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull all the resources and power were thrown to the aid of the only German pilot.Christian Horner "I like that our pilots are roughly equal in speed. They alternately ahead of each other, pushing to higher results.Last season both drivers did a great job. Both pilots went on to the next level, stepping over difficult times. I think next year they will fight for the victory".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton remembered the incident in Baku, where he collided with Sebastian Vettel in the mode of action of the safety car.Lewis Hamilton "I think the most unpleasant in all this was that there were people who believed that it was not done on purpose. How about this all you can think about We are all pilots of the highest level. We all know how to fly these machines in a straight lineI was also surprised that senior stewards then said that maybe I am right, or perhaps the SEB. I myself thought that they looked just another race".
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that he is satisfied with the work of Sebastian Vettel in this season.Sergio Marchionne "Sebastian Vettel - the guy who a lot of studying, studying himself and dedicated to his job, so I think we'll see a less nervous behavior from him in the next year.I continue to support my boys, we have obligations in relation to these pilots. We need to give them a car with which they will be able to participate in races and win.I think we've given them the best car in 2017, and from that moment everything depends on them".
Sports Director of the championship Ross brown said that considering the question of whether the presence of girls on the starting grid of Formula 1.Ross Brawn "We are studying this topic. We want to take into account the views of all parties, because there are people who like this tradition, and there are those who oppose".Formula 1 has already conducted the experiment on replacement of girls to guys during the Monaco Grand Prix 2015. The Formula 1 drivers didn't like it.Then Sebastian Vettel commented "Where are the girls It's just disgusting I'm going to start looking for a girl to my room and here are the boys Before everything was fine. I don't understand why it was necessary to break such a fine tradition of Formula 1".
Last season in Formula 1 was represented by 16 countries. The largest representation from the United Kingdom, but the pilots of this country have scored a total of 371 points and took only the second place in the standings of the Nations. As leaders of the standings are the Finns.Last year in the standings of the Nations the Germans won, thanks largely to Nico Rosberg. This season was not representative of Indonesia, but there were pilots from Canada, Italy and New Zealand. Russia has fallen from the 10th position to 13th.1. Finland - 510Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen2. UK - 371Lewis Hamilton, Jolyon Palmer, Jenson button, Paul di Resta3. Germany - 365Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, Pascal Wehrlein4. Australia - 200Daniel Ricciardo5. Netherlands - 168Max Verstappen6. France - 115Esteban Windows, Roman Grosjean, Pierre Went Out7. Mexico - 100Sergio Perez8. Spain - 71Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso9. 43 In BrazilFelipe Massa10. Canada - 40Lance Stroll11. Denmark - 19Kevin Magnussen12. Belgium - 13Stoffel Vandorn13. Russia - 5Daniil Kvyat14. Sweden - 0Marcus Ericsson15. Italy - 0Antonio Giovinazzi16. New Zealand - 0Brandon Hartley.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel admitted that Baku was the worst moment throughout the season 2017.Sebastian Vettel "the Worst moment for me was in Baku. I messed up the whole race, making an unnecessary action.Japan and Singapore also turned into a nightmare, but everything was different, because you can't control what is not depends on you.Now I think differently than in the past, I became more wise. I hope this will help me become a better person".
In the course of the last season, only six pilots had a chance to start the race from the first row. The record for the number of hits on the first row of steel Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.Starts with the first row, the pilots1. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 142. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 133. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 5 Driver Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 55. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 16. Lance Stroll, Williams - 1V last year the pilots Ferrari never not started first, Rada, and this year Daniel Riccardo from Red Bull failed to make this rating. But it came debutant lance Stroll from Williams. However, in his case helped numerous penalties received by opponents for the replacement of elements of the power plant.In Sochi Mercedes pilots started only from the second row, thereby ending a run of 30 hits on the first row. According to this indicator, the German team takes third place in the history of Formula 1. The record lacked five races.The series starts from the first row, the command1. Williams - 35 1992-19942. McLaren - 33 1988-19903. Mercedes - 30 2015-20174. Williams - 26 1995-19975. Red Bull - 24 2010-20116. Mercedes - 23 2014-20157. Williams - 17 1986-1987 Red Bull - 17 2009-20109. Ferrari - 16 1970-1971 Lotus - 16 1973-1974.
During the past season by the leaders of the race had time to visit only six pilots. Most of all the leader of the race passed champion Lewis Hamilton 2871 km 47.4 per cent of the total distance of 20 races. Last year, the achievement became champion Nico Rosberg was a little worse 42.8 percent.Of the six pilots in the lead in the race, only Kimi Raikkonen has never won.Leading in the race in the season 2017, the pilots, km1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 28712. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 13123. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 9624. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 6395. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 1436. Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 137 already mentioned, six pilots have been at the head of the race this year. For comparison in 2016, the leader managed to visit also 6 pilots, in 2015 - 7 pilots, in 2014-m - 10 pilots in 2012 and 2013 - 13 pilots. And the record maximum of 15 pilots belongs to season 2008. Record-minimum of 4 of the pilot - behind the season 1988.Passed distance record remains Vettel, who in the 2011 season stayed on the first position 3794 km 65.5 of the race of all races.Leading in the race in the season 2017, teams, km1. Mercedes - 3833 63.2 per cent2. Ferrari - 14553. Red Bull - 775 consecutive year in this ranking no McLaren. Meanwhile, this team holds the record for leading in the race. In 1988 Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost drove in the first position 4622 km, but then the season consisted of 16 races, so in percentage terms 97,4 achievement of the British team remains out of reach.Maximum number of teams, pilots who managed to get in the head of the race, remains the leader of season-1975 - 10 teams. Only three teams could boast of leadership in 1953, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2002 gg.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that this year Sebastian Vettel came under severe pressure.Lewis Hamilton "SEB has spent more this season than ever before. None of us is superhuman, and everything can fail, especially under extreme pressure. Some reach that point sooner, others later.It's like tennis. If Federer plays against Nadal, everyone is waiting for a little weakness in each other, that is, half a percent to win.I was lucky that the pressure eased. You saw it at the end of the season. Suddenly for me the pressure was over, although the results were sleeping. I compare this season with a 100-meter sprint Usain Bolt. Frequently gets a bad start, but then he goes back into the lead.I guess Vettel will restore their strength before the next season, but I'm not afraid".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel admitted that he is not interested in Formula-E Electric series is growing in popularity huge jumps, and now it has the many manufacturers and sponsors, who left Formula 1 for a new future of Motorsport.But four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel insists "For me it's not the future. Electric theme is currently very popular in the world, but anyone who is honest and identificeret myself to motor racing, he thinks little about Formula E. Those cars are not very fast, and many of the pilots who are there, telling me that flying was not very exciting.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel said that Lewis Hamilton is considered the fastest pilot modern Formula 1.Sebastian Vettel "Yeah, definitely. There is no doubt in his ability and his speed. It is very fast, and he does not make many mistakes.Jacques Villeneuve has said that Michael Schumacher was the best and the most difficult to fight an opponent. In that case, if you are struggling with the best, rise to the next level.I now agree with the criticism that poured on me years earlier. But today I became wiser and more experienced. I can be better".
During the past season on the podium managed to visit seven of the pilots. And the record for most finishes in the top three steel Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas for 13 podiums in 20 races.Podiums in the season-2017 pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 13 Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 13 Driver Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 134. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull - 95. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 76. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 47. Lance Stroll, Williams - 1 career on the catwalk has been Stroll. For the third consecutive year in the top three never came Fernando Alonso.As already mentioned, seven pilots during the season were able to reach the podium. And the record over the past decade was 2008, when the top three were able to get 14 pilots.The number of pilots who were on the podium in recent years2017 - 7 2016 - 92015 - 102014 - 102013 - 82012 - 132011 - 72010 - 82009 - 132008 - 14 Mercedes in total have been on the podium 26 times. All the others put together 34.Podiums in the season 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 262. Ferrari - 203. Red Bull - 134. Williams - 1 in 2013 without a podium left the team Force India. As for McLaren this is the third consecutive season with no finishes in the top three.
Last season, eight of the pilots were able to show the best lap time during the race. The most distinguished champion Lewis Hamilton, for which he received the honorary prize of the DHL Fastest Lap. Last season the trophy went to Nico Rosberg.Best circles in the season 2017, the pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 72. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 53. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 2 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 25. Sergio Perez, Force India - 1 Fernando Alonso, McLaren - 1 Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 1 Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 1U Raikkonen is now 45 best circles, and for this indicator, the Finn ranks second in the entire history of the championship. First with a large margin is Michael Schumacher with an incredible result in 77 laps. The Hamilton 38 laps, and he takes the 4th place.Best circles in the season of 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 92. Ferrari - 73. Red Bull - 24. Force India - 1 McLaren - McLaren 1V while dreaming of podiums, but every year Alonso celebrated one of the best around. This time it was at the Grand Prix of Hungary.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel admitted he was not sure that Robert Kubica will return to Formula 1.Sebastian Vettel "I think that accident was very tragic. He was considered a future champion, but I don't understand why he now seeks to return.Why didn't he do this sooner For him it would be a good story, but, on the other hand, his return would have blocked the way for other young pilots, more decent work in the Formula-1".The pilot of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg agrees that the return of Kubica will be a great story for Formula 1.Nico Hulkenberg "During tests we saw that the speed Robert has. But, we don't know how it will manifest itself on the first lap in Monaco or Singapore.I hope that he will be able to race at the highest level. But we will see only next year. I estimate the chances of him returning as 50 to 50".
If last season the Mercedes team has won 20 of qualifications, this time its the pilots only earned 15 pole positions. A large part of the victories on account of Lewis Hamilton.The pole position of the season-2017 pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 112. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 43. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 44. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1 in his career earned the pole position, Bottas. And his compatriot, who plays for Ferrari, started from pole position for the first time since 2008The pole position in the season 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 152. Ferrari 5 comparison with last year, the Red Bull team was left without poles. But in the Ferrari after last year's lull won five qualifications. And in Monaco both drivers of the Scuderia started with the first line, for the first time since the Grand Prix of France 2008.Quick pole in the truest sense of the word came from Hamilton in Spa. The Briton drove a lap with an average speed of 245.867 km/h. a Year ago, the highest average speed was shown in Monza -257.038 km/h, but this time qualification in Italy took place on a wet track.The slowest lap traditionally happened in Monaco Kimi Raikkonen won the pole with an average speed of 166.438 km/h. the Biggest gap of the owner of the pole from the nearest rival recorded during a rainfall qualification in Italy, where Lewis Hamilton beat max Verstappen 1,148 seconds. Minimum separation happened in Japan, where Lewis Hamilton lost Valtteri bottas the only 23 thousandths of a second.
In the last season to win the race managed five pilots is a significant progress compared to previous years when we won three or four.The winners of the races of the season-2017 pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 92. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 53. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 34. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 25. Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 1After failed 2016 Vettel returned to the camp of the victors, winning five races. Bottas for the first time stood on the top step of the podium after he replaced overalls Williams to Mercedes.Winners of races of season 2017, the team1. Mercedes - 122. Ferrari - 53. Red Bull - 3V the previous three seasons, the pilots Mercedes won 16 races and more. This time the result was much more modest.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that he considered the best pilot of modernity Sebastian Vettel.Lewis Hamilton "Naturally, you want to compete with the best. Everyone has their opinion on who the best but, at least from the standpoint of number of titles, Sebastian is the one to whom all look up to.This year I had to work hard to surpass him. He played exceptionally well in the Ferrari. This year we have achieved the first places, really demonstrating the best of their opportunities.
The best pilots of Formula-1 expressed approval, testing the new Pirelli tyres for 2018.Pirelli reports that the bus with pink markings about a second faster than the Ul.The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel "the New bus really surprise us. This is a real step forward, but, of course, only Pirelli will decide what tracks to use them.They are really very quick, especially on one lap, but then the degradation becomes incredibly strong, not like on other rosters. Overall, it was a really interesting tests.Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas "I really felt the difference between Pirelli, 2017 and 2018. The difference is huge".
The President of the FIA Jean Todt said that he forgives Sebastian Vettel for his actions in Baku.In the midst of his battle for the title of 2017, the pilot Ferrari crashed into the car of Lewis Hamilton during the safety car in Azerbaijan.Jean Todt "you Know, I'm very tolerant. I don't like people who judges the behavior, not taking into account the emotions swirling in the cockpit during the race.I'm cool with that because like I happened with Michael Schumacher. Remember that it was in Jerez in 1997 or Monaco 2006, when he made the stupid mistake in qualifyingPeople have weaknesses, but they all understand and say, "I'm not supposed to do that," then you must forgive this pilot. So it was with Sebastian".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel showed the best result in the second day of testing in Abu Dhabi.Sebastian Vettel "rubber I really liked. I especially liked the tires Gipersoft. They are very quick on one lap, but the degradation and the high. This was the problem, but all within acceptable limits.If we talk about Halo, I this system still don't like. But you have to accept her. In this regard much has to be changed, including the placement of traffic-lights. Overview of normal, and the system just need to get used to".