Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel arrives at the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team determined to share his race-winning and title-winning experience, leading the team into the next era.
Born: Heppenheim, Germany
After more than a decade on the Formula One frontline, it’s easy to forget that Sebastian Vettel begins the 2021 season aged just 33.
Sebastian's rapid march through the junior series – a swathe of race victories earned him the attentions of both BMW and Red Bull before he’d even driven a grand prix car – led to him making his Formula One race debut in 2007 aged just 19.
A year later, now driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso, he took a stunning first win, at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix – then establishing a new record as the youngest ever grand prix winner, two months after his 21st birthday.
Graduating to Red Bull the following year, he instantly established himself as a star, earning four wins and mounting a world title bid in an outfit that was becoming a serious force.
In 2010, he kicked off a peerless four-season run – earning himself four consecutive Drivers’ Championships and helping Red Bull Racing earn the corresponding Constructors’ laurels. Between 2010 and 2013, he won a mighty 38 Grand Prix.
Vettel’s success was so peerless that it looked almost effortless. His sustained brilliance, overcoming the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, assured him the status as one of Formula One’s all-time greats.
Sebastian would later switch to Ferrari and the new environment reinvigorated him as he reignited Ferrari's title hopes.
Race victories followed as he sensationally took the fight to Mercedes in 2015, and again in ’17, but that stunning initial momentum began to ebb away. Ferrari lost its consistency, then lost its pace, and was forced to regroup.
While 2020 was a difficult campaign for Ferrari, at a wet Turkish Grand Prix Sebastian summoned all his guile and experience to hustle his Ferrari home to third position. It may have been his sole podium finish of the year, but it underlined his star quality.
Mindful of their future, and the role the sport can play in developing future automotive solutions, he has started advocating for greener technology within Formula One and has started voicing his support for environmental initiatives that will benefit society and safeguard Formula One's future.
At the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team, he brings his skill and determination to a new environment. As likely to be searching for lap time behind a laptop as he is behind the wheel, his approach will be invaluable to a team growing fast and learning quickly.
Sebastian’s hunger remains; his skillset undiminished; his experience sharpened. A winner for all the right reasons. The right driver at the right time for the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team