Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel was born on 3 July 1987 in Heppenheim, West Germany to Norbert and Heike Vettel. He began karting at the age of eight.

Sebastian Vettel is in a happier space in Aston Martin ahead of the 2022 season. (Image credit: Twitter)
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Sebastian Vettel is a German racing driver who competes in Formula One for Aston Martin. He was born on 3 July 1987 in Heppenheim, West Germany to Norbert and Heike Vettel. He has one younger brother, Fabian, a racing driver, and two older sisters: Melanie, a dental technician, and Stefanie, a physiotherapist for disabled children. His childhood heroes were “The three Michaels”: Michael Schumacher, Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson. He mentioned that he wanted to be a singer like Jackson. The German previously drove for BMW Sauber, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, and Ferrari. He has won four World Drivers’ Championship titles, which he won consecutively from 2010 to 2013. 

Vettel began karting at the age of three, and began racing in the karts series in 1995 at the age of eight. He was accepted into the Red Bull Junior Team in 1998, and won various titles, such as the Junior Monaco Kart Cup in 2001. Vettel was promoted to open-wheel cars in 2003, and was given a chance by Derrick Walker to test a Reynard Motorsport Champ Car in a two-day private test at the Homestead road course. A year later, he won the 2004 Formula BMW ADAC championship with 18 victories from 20 races.

Sebastian Vettel before F1

Vettel drove for ASL Mücke Motorsport in the 2005 Formula 3 Euro Series. He was placed fifth in the final standings with 63 points and won the Rookie Cup. He tested for the Williams Formula One team later that year as a reward for his Formula BMW success. Vettel then went on to test for the BMW Sauber Formula One team. Vettel started as a test driver for BMW Sauber in 2006, and participated in the 2006 Formula 3 Euro Series, finishing as runner-up. He also competed in the 2006 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, where he finished first and second at Misano in his first two races. 

In the next round at Spa-Francorchamps, his finger was almost sliced off by flying debris following an accident, and he was expected to be out for several weeks. Nevertheless, he managed to compete in the 2006 Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort the following weekend, where he finished in sixth place. Vettel competed in the 2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, and took his first win at the Nürburgring. He led the championship when he was called up permanently by the BMW Sauber Formula One team. Vettel took his step forward in Formula One as a test driver for BMW Sauber in 2006. 

F1 Debut and Team

Vettel was confirmed as BMW’s test driver for 2007. Following Kubica’s crash at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, Vettel was named his replacement at the 2007 United States Grand Prix. He started in seventh position and finished in eighth to become the then-youngest driver to score a point in Formula One. BMW released him in July 2007 to join Red Bull’s Scuderia Toro Rosso, replacing Scott Speed from the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix onwards, as Vettel was already under contract to Red Bull Racing. It was also announced that he would drive for Toro Rosso in 2008 alongside Sébastien Bourdais. 

Formula 1 Career Stats


Sebastian Vettel Car number

Sebastian Vettel’s personal number is 5 and this is derived from the year 2001 which was a very successful year for him. During this year he had number 5 on his go kart. Later, Vettel learned more about another world champion Nigel ‘Red Five’ Mansell and chose 5 as a homage to him.

Sebastian Vettel Net Worth

Vettel’s net worth is valued at around USD 140 million which makes him one of the most wealthy drivers on the grid. His salary is estimated to be USD 15 million a year without bonuses. Nevertheless, Vettel is still the 5th highest paid driver on the grid in 2021, just behind his predecessor, Sergio Perez. As of 2022, Vettel will receive a salary of USD 13 million from Aston Martin. He is endorsed by the likes of watch brand Casio, car manufacturer Infiniti, car petroleum brand Shell & clothing brand Pepe Jeans. The German driver is reportedly worth USD 300,000 in endorsements alone.

Who is Sebastian Vettel’s Wife 

Sebastian Vettel is married to his childhood friend, Hanna Prater, who he is said to have first met in 2006. Hanna is a former industrial design student. The pair dated for a long time before deciding to tie the knot in 2019. The two were schoolmates before, and have been living together since 2010. Prater was born in 1988. She was born in Heppenheim, Germany. She is 32 years old as of now. Hanna is of blended ethnicity and belongs to German nationality. She attended Heppenheim Center college located in her hometown for her center college. After graduating highschool she joined Badan Wuttermberg Trend Faculty for her greater research. 

Does Sebastian Vettel have any Kids?

Sebastian and Hanna are parents to three daughters. Their eldest daughter, Emilie, was born in 2014. Mathilda, the middle child was born in 2015. The couple recently welcomed their third child in 2022. Vettel has always been a family man. He even said that he prefers being called a father and a husband rather than a Formula One driver.

Brand Endorsements




Pepe Jeans