21-year-old German driver Sebastien Vettel is a new face on the F1 scene, but he isn’t’ unknown altogether. He has spent the last year driving for BMW Sauber in the United States after Kubica suffered a devastating car crash. During that time he became the youngest driver to score a Formula One point when he finished eighth. He went on to replace Scott Speed for Torro Rosso for the final seven races of the year. Clearly this youngster has a lot of talent.
It comes as no surprise then that even though he’s still relatively new to the F1 scene, Vettel became the youngest driver to ever win a Formula One Grand Prix when he won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday. Starting from pole position, he not only quickly managed to pull ahead of the pack, but he also kept his cool and came out tops on a wet racetrack. Vettel was driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso and displayed exceptional composure during the course of the weekend’s events. Not only did he race exceptionally well during the qualifying, finishing ahead of Ferrari, McLaren and BMW Sauber, but when it came to the big race he continued to keep his cool. By the time he made his first pit stop he had already gained a six-second lead over second-place finisher Heikki Kovalainen, who was racing for McLaren. Robert Kubica, who finished third, used a one-stop strategy to work his way up from his start at 11th on the grid.
During interviews with the press, Sebastien Vettel described his win on Sunday as being a somewhat unbelievable experience. He said: “It was difficult to realize what had happened. It was unbelievable seeing everybody going crazy all the way round the circuit. To see the people in the team, from my family, going mad and then to listen to my national anthem I started to cry.” It isn’t difficult to imagine what an emotional experience it must have been for the young and still relatively inexperienced driver to surpass other racing greats with inexplicable ease and take home the winner’s trophy. Hopefully this will mark the start of a long and illustrious career for Vettel who will be racing with Red Bull Racing next year.