When Sebastian Vettel became Formula 1 World Champion

On November 14, 2010, Sebastian Vettel won his first F1 World Champion title at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, taking advantage of a completely failed strategy at Ferrari for Fernando Alonso. A look back at this first world title on the occasion of the German's 37th birthday.

Published on 03/07/2024 à 10:48


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When Sebastian Vettel became Formula 1 World Champion


Michael Schumacher did he allow Sebastian Vettel become his successor as German World Champion? In any case, the pilot Mercedes, by performing a spin from the first seconds of the race, greatly influenced the appearance. Indeed, the entry onto the track of the safety car led to the early pit stop of several drivers, who then deprived Fernando Alonso a third world title.

From the first lap, Michael Schumacher in fact missed the exit of the corner, then being harpooned by Tonio Liuzzi (Force India), the two men leaving as good friends. But the entry of the safety car onto the track then allows drivers, such as Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Vitaly Petrov (Renault) to change rubbers immediately.

Shortly after the restart, alert at Mark Webber (Red Bull) ! The Australian has to change tires. Fifth, the Australian starts at the back of the pack. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), fourth after being overtaken at the start by Jenson Button (McLaren), imitated him shortly after, modeling his course on that of Webber. Coming out ahead of the former championship leader, he thinks he is doing a good job, since a fourth place in the final is enough for him to be titled.

But Ferrari forgot the troublemakers from the first lap pit stop! Fernando Alonso then finds himself behind, notably Robert Kubica (Renault), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Vitaly Petrov (Renault), who are inserted between the leading drivers and the Spaniard. From then on, the title of World Champion slipped into the hands of Alonso, unable to overtake Petrov, knowing that he would also have to pass Rosberg and Kubica!

In the end, Sebastian Vettel flew to a deserved victory to win the title of 2010 World Champion! Stuck in seventh position, Fernando Alonso can do nothing and must give up his ambition to win a third world title. 32nd World Champion in the history of F1, Sebastian Vettel breaks the record for precocity, triumphing at 23 years and 134 days. After a magnificent season, the young German succeeds Jenson Button thanks, in addition to his talent, to the magnificent work of Red Bull Racing.

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