2010: SEBASTIAN VETTEL

Model produced by: Paul’s Model Art (Minichamps)

Year: 2010
Driver: Sebastian Vettel (Germany)
Team: Red Bull Racing Renault
Car: Red Bull RB6 (Luscious Liz & Randy Mandy)*
Results: 5 wins, 10 podiums, 10 poles, 3 fastest laps

Before the start of the season, 2009 Drivers’ Champion Jenson Button joined McLaren, while the 2009 Constructors’ Champion, Brawn GP, was bought by German motor vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz and was renamed as Mercedes GP. The 2010 season saw the return of the most successful driver in Formula One history, with seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher coming out of retirement after a three-year absence.

In stark contrast to 2009, no one driver emerged as dominant in the early stages of the 2010 season. Red Bull showed signs of dominance, but their reliability issues and mistakes made the 2010 season one of the most thrilling in sports history. Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) won 5 races each, Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Mark Webber (Red Bull) won 4 each, while Jenson Button (McLaren) won 2.

Red Bull Racing eventually won its maiden Constructors’ Championship with a one-two finish in Brazil, while Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel won the Drivers’ Championship after winning the final race of the season. In doing so, Vettel became the youngest World Drivers’ Champion in the sport’s sixty-year history. Vettel’s victory in the championship came after a dramatic season finale at Abu Dhabi where three other drivers could also have won the championship; Vettel’s Red Bull Racing team mate Mark Webber, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. The last race was actually the first time Sebastian Vettel had led the 2010 World Championship, although general opinion was that the fastest man in the fastest car won the championship. (Source: Wikipedia)

See a great season review by FIA!

*Named by Vettel

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