The bad news for Formula 1 fans of anybody but Sebastian Vettel is that the 25-year-old German is only getting better in his fifth year of competition in the world’s top open-wheel racing loop.
And his career so far has been scary good.
In his rookie campaign for Red Bull Renault in 2009 he became the youngest second-place world championship finisher in the history of the sport.
Vettel bettered that in 2010 by becoming the youngest champion and he went on to win again in 2011 and again in 2012.
In fact, the list of records he has smashed to bits in his four F-1 seasons is simply too long to list here, but here are some of the highlights:
- Most championship points earned in a season, 392 in 2011.
- Most starts from the front row, 18 in 2011
- Youngest driver to set a triple (a win, a pole and fastest lap), at British Grand Prix, 2009.
- Most wins from pole position, 11 in 2011.