2010 Abu Dhabi:
2008 Italian Grand Prix:
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Vettel’s first victory was, as the driver himself said, “a miracle”, achieved against all odds. With the slowest car, the veteran of just 22 races defied bad wet weather to silence Ferrari at Monza and secure Toro Rosso’s first and last victory. Vettel exceeded expectations by taking pole, but the smart money was on front row mate Heikki Kovalainen’s McLaren, which proved too much for the 21-year-old to handle. Despite a scare at the start, when he briefly lost control he had the measure of Kovalainen and then Lewis Hamilton in the second McLaren. Aided by tire strategy as a McLaren pit stop bet fell through, Vettel overpowered Monza to cross the line more than 10 seconds ahead of Kovalainen. “Without Sebastian in the car, this victory would not have been possible,” said Toro Rosso technical director Giorgio Ascanelli.
Indian Grand Prix 2013:
2012 Brazilian Grand Prix:
Four corners before the end of the season and Vettel’s hopes of a third consecutive title appeared to have been fatally damaged following a collision with Bruno Senna’s Williams. But just as Hamilton thrives on adversity, Vettel emerged from that setback with all guns blazing, refusing to accept giving up his drivers crown. With his car repaired, he joined the tail with a lap. He had surged to sixth on lap eight, the position he was in when the flag fell to deprive Alonso of the title by three points.
2015 Malaysian Grand Prix:
In just his second race since leaving Red Bull, Vettel secured his first win for Ferrari on the scoreboard. Delivering the Italian F1 giant’s first success in the new hybrid era must have been nice after a grueling final season with Red Bull. Hamilton on pole had Vettel in his wake at the start, but when the two Mercedes clashed Vettel kept control. Unlike this season when a series of questionable pit lane strategic decisions derailed Ferrari’s title race, they outmaneuvered Mercedes with their new driver executing the plan to perfection. Unfortunately for Vettel, this encouraging start was not to be used to fulfill his dream of a world title for the Italian team.