Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull: F1 driver's partnership timeline
Vettel signed for Red Bull in 2009 after an impressive season with Toro Rosso
He became the youngest world champion in the history of motorsports at Red Bull
The German also claimed his maiden grand slam during his time with Red Bull
The motorsport fans were handed a shock when one of the greats of the sport, Sebastian Vettel announced he will be retiring when the 2022 season comes to an end. A four-time world champion and multiple records holder, Vettel is regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One and a big portion of the fame came during his time with Red Bull Racing.
While Vettel began his Formula One career with BMW Sauber before he signed for Toro Rosso, it was during his time with Red Bull Racing when he came under the limelight. Sebastian Vettel signed for Red Bull in 2009 and was associated with them before leaving for Ferrari in 2014. Let’s take a look at his career at Red Bull.
2009-10: Signs for Red Bull Racing, ends up winning Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Following an impressive season with Toro Rosso, Vettel signed with Red Bull Racing and replaced retired driver David Coulthard. He began the season on a strong note, finishing in the second spot for the majority of the races. Later, he went on to take the pole position and eventually win the Chinese Grand Prix, which also marked his employers’ first-ever pole and victory.
Vettel, along with teammate Mark Webber, secured Red Bull's maiden World Constructor’s Championship in 2010. The German driver ended up winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and became the youngest World Drivers’ Champion in the history of motorsports.
2011-12: Most poles in a single season
Sebastian Vettel began the 2011 season with victories in the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix. He went to take pole after registering the fastest qualifying lap in the European Grand Prix. Vettel went on to register more pole positions later in the year, and after his 10th pole position during the Italian Grand Prix, he equalled Ayrton Senna’s record of taking 10 pole positions in two seasons.
He also claimed his maiden grand slam at the Indian Grand Prix. Before the season ended in 2012, he registered a number of records and became one of the talking points in Formula One.
2013-14: Nine wins in a row before exiting Red Bull
The German began the 2013 season being on the pole position in the first two races. He registered nine successive victories in that season, before becoming the third driver of all time to win back-to-back grand slams. Meanwhile, he also won his fourth world title at the Indian Grand Prix during the 2013 season.
In October 2014, Red Bull Racing announced that Sebastian Vettel will be joining Ferrari in the next season, one year before his contract with his then-present employer would end.