Motorsports enthusiasts were handed a shock on Thursday when news broke out that four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has decided to retire from Formula One at the end of the 2022 season. Vettel, who is also the youngest world championship winner, spent six seasons with Ferrari before joining Aston Martin in 2021.

One of the most colourful characters in Formula 1, Sebastian Vettel is regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Let’s take a look at some of the best moments of his long and productive career.

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Most consecutive wins in the Formula One

The German maestro holds the record for most consecutive wins in the history of Formula One with nine victories. Vettel registered the record in 2013, when he went on a winning streak that began in the Belgian Grand Prix and ended at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Vettel shares the record with F1 great Alberto Ascari, who also won nine consecutive races during his career. 

Vettel’s arch-rival Lewis Hamilton is the closest active driver in the list of most consecutive wins in Formula One with six victories in his name.

Youngest driver in history to become Formula One world champion

Following an impressive debut season at Torro Rosso, Vettel signed for Red Bull Racing and replaced David Coulthard. In the next season, he stayed within striking distance of Jeson Button, as he finished at the second position. In 2010, he won his maiden world title in Abu Dhabi, becoming the youngest ever world champion in the history of Formula One.

Most wins in a season

Sebastian Vettel holds the record of most wins in a single season with 13 victories. 2013 was arguably the most productive year in his long career, and it was at this time when he won 13 out of 19 total races, with a win percentage of 68.42%. 

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He shares the record with his compatriot Michael Schumacher, who had also won 13 races in 2004, albeit participating in one less race.

Winning four World Championships titles

Sebastian Vettel has won four World Championships titles in his career, which is also the fourth most world championships won by a driver. He shares the record with Alain Prost, who also won four world championships titles during his career.