BMW Motorsport congratulates Sebastian Vettel for Formula 1 World Championship Title

Racing | November 15th, 2010 by 14
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Sebastian Vettel (DE) has done it: At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the 23-year-old secured the drivers’ title in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship …

Sebastian Vettel (DE) has done it: At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the 23-year-old secured the drivers’ title in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in a nail-biting season finale to become not only the sport’s youngest-ever world champion, but also the first Formula BMW graduate to win world motorsport’s premier title.

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen says: “Our heartiest congratulations go to Sebastian Vettel upon his Formula 1 World Championship. Sebastian’s enormous talent was evident in 2004, when he won the German Formula BMW Championship after scoring 18 victories in 20 starts. From then onwards we kept our eye on him, bringing him into Formula 1 as Friday driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. Upon his Formula 1 racing debut in 2007 in Indianapolis he became the youngest-ever driver to score a point. That race marked the beginning of a stellar career, which has now reached its initial peak with a first world title. We wish Sebastian all the best for his future career. He provides the best proof of the success of our Formula BMW young driver development concept, which will continue in 2011 under the Formula BMW Talent Cup banner.”

BMW Motorsport congratulates Sebastian Vettel for Formula 1 World Championship TitleIn 2003 and 2004 Vettel raced in the German Formula BMW Championship, making his mark on this young driver development series like no other driver. In his first season as a single seater race driver he celebrated five victories and ended runner-up in the championship. The following year saw Vettel totally dominate the championship: he won 18 of 20 rounds, took 14 pole positions and set 13 fastest laps on his way to an emphatic title. He remains the most successful Formula BMW driver of all time.

After promotion to the Formula 3 Euro Series he finished the 2005 season as best rookie, having completed his first Formula 1 test for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team on 27th September 2005. He participated in the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix as Friday driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team, going on to make his Formula 1 racing debut as substitute for Robert Kubica (PL) on 17th June 2007, immediately scoring a point by finishing eighth in a BMW Sauber F1.07. During that season BMW allowed Vettel the opportunity of joining Scuderia Toro Rosso, for whom he took a sensational victory from pole in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. He has driven for Red Bull Racing since 2009, adding nine further race wins to his tally.

Vettel maintains close links with Formula BMW. Among other activities, Formula 1’s newest champion will attend the Formula BMW Talent Cup Shoot-Out in Cartagena (ES), where young drivers will prove their talent on 22nd and 23rd November, competing for free-of-charge participation in the new development programme promoted by BMW Motorsport.

In addition to Vettel, a further six Formula BMW graduates raced in Formula 1 during 2010: Sébastien Buemi (CH), Timo Glock (DE), Nico Hülkenberg (DE), Nico Rosberg (DE), Bruno Senna (BR) and Adrian Sutil (DE) all made their debuts in single seater motorsport in this successful young driver development series.

[Source: BMW ]

  • Tom

    How about a spoiler alert? :-)

    • http://ebrake.blogspot.com Murph

      haha – I watched the GP late myself and avoided any car websites so that I wouldn’t accidentally see the outcome before watching the race.

      • Auday

        same here, I avoided the Blog until I watched the race. I asked for a Spoiler Alert before :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001688446429 Giom Mouton

    I wonder how he would have done in the Sauber had he had more drives. It’s SUCH a pitty that BMW didn’t win this championship with Vettel – that would have been a fairytail situasion.

    Congrats to Vettel!

  • plaxico

    BMW Sauber was always small, below the average, good for nothing team , back then he had no chance, ,bmw has nothing to do with Vettel, hes red bulls child from the get go, but even an F1 champ has to drive behind the almighty Mercs SLS AMG. Nuff said

    Congrats Seb!

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Shincai

      Vettel competed for the first time in his life in a BMW Sauber F1 Car!
      You didn’t know that, idiot???

    • http://ebrake.blogspot.com Murph

      As per usual, you’re horribly misinformed.

  • Auday

    now after they gave up on F1, they want to attach themselves to the World Champion.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Can’t really do a spoiler alert when the race took place already several hours before. The news were already out there…plus, I can’t even formulate this title without giving it away.

      • Auday

        Autoblog has been doing that for a long time :)

  • tweer

    Spoiler alert was a joke, see other autoblogs…

  • http://bmwblog.com mason makita

    theissen must be yearning for a return to formula 1. going from f1 race weekends to lesser categories must be a bit of a downer. his disappointment was evident when bimmer plugged the plug on its f1 programme. hopefully, bmw along w/ honda and other auto stalwarts can return to motorpsort’s pinnacle series = ultimate proving ground, F1.

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  • Misus08

    Hello! I work in a restaurant at Puerto Banus (Marbella, Spain) where the Formula BMW, that took Vettel to victory in 2004, is shownl. Does anyone know exactly which model was it (technical specifications)?
    Thank you for your help!

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