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The Formula One careers of Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher share many similarities - and that’s no coincidence.
Schumacher was at the peak of his F1 success when a young Vettel was growing up in Germany, so naturally he wanted to emulate his hero. Vettel would go on to follow Schumacher into F1, joining the sport at just 19-years-old and then winning multiple world championships before joining Ferrari.
But Vettel is more than just a Schumacher fan, he’s carved his own path as one of the sport’s modern greats and in recent years has emerged as a leading voice in the paddock on issues ranging from driver safety, the environment and LBGTQI representation within the sport.
We’ve assembled all the key facts you need to know about Vettel, and not just his racing statistics - we’ve got answers for his age, family, height, and net worth.
He was born July 3, 1987. That makes his age 34 at the time of publication.
He’s German, having been born and raised in the town of Heppenheim, which is just south of Frankfurt.
Vettel is a notoriously private individual and gives little away about his personal life. That’s one of the reasons he doesn’t live in glitzy Monaco and instead resides in Thurgau, Switzerland.
His reported height is 176cm.
He tips the scales at just 62kg.
The German driver allegedly took a large salary cut when he moved from Ferrari to Aston Martin for the 2021 season. The Italian team was paying him €45 million per season but the British brand only offered €17m.
While Vettel has often shunned private endorsement deals, his racing contracts alone means his total income has almost certainly exceeded $200m over the course of his career to date.
The private Vettel hasn’t publicly expressed any religious faith.
His father is Nobert Vettel and his mother’s name is Heike.
Yes, he has two older sisters - Melanie and Stefanie - as well as a younger brother, Fabian. While he hasn’t achieved the same success as Sebatian, Fabian is also a racing driver. He has primarily competed in German sports car events in recent years.
Yes, he married Hanna Prater in 2019. However, the pair have been friends since childhood and have been in a relationship since 2006.
Yes, he and his wife share three children - two daughters and a son.
Vettel is one of the few F1 drivers without a full-time manager, preferring to negotiate his deals more directly. However, he does have a PR manager, Britta Roeske, who helps him deal with the media and fan attention.
The pair have been together since Vettel’s days with Red Bull Racing, and she works directly for him (rather than being paid by the team) which has allowed her to move with him from Red Bull to Ferrari and now Aston Martin.
No, not yet. With his career still on-going and his preference for privacy, no-one has managed to make a compelling documentary about Vettel.
Yes, he has confirmed he has a pet dog.
The one people most often associate with the German is, ironically, an Italian phrase: Grazie Regazzi. This translates to ‘Thank you, boys’ and was what Vettel would say over the radio every time he won a race with Ferrari.
No. F1 drivers typically have very good eyesight.
No, but he is on record saying he would consider getting one if he completes the famous Ironman triathlon.
No, he is the only F1 driver without any social media accounts.
Yes, Vettel is famous for his ever-changing helmet designs. During his days with Red Bull Racing Vettel would change design for most races, often producing one-off tributes to special events or other Red Bull-sponsored athletes in partnership with helmet artist, Jens Munser.
Munser believes he’s painted over 170 different designs for Vettel’s lid.
His habit of changing his design so often is believed to be a catalyst for F1 rulemakers issuing a new rule that mandated a single design during the season. However, with that rule relaxing Vettel has gone back to changing up his design on a regular basis.
During his Ferrari days, his helmet was primarily white with the German national colours (black, red and yellow) running down one side. With Aston Martin he has been forced to swap the German flag motif for the pink of the team’s major sponsor, but continues to switch up elements of the design for most races.
He currently drives for Aston Martin Racing, and will do so again in 2022.
His F1 career began with BMW-Sauber in 2006 as a test driver, before he made his race debut at the 2007 USA Grand Prix, filling in for the injured Robert Kubica.
Red Bull then gave him a seat at its Scuderia Toro Rosso team for the remainder of the 2007 season and throughout the 2008 season; he won the 2008 Italian Grand Prix at just 21.
He moved to the main Red Bull Racing team for 2009 and stayed there until switching to Ferrari for the 2015 season.
Ferrari let him go at the end of the 2020 season and he made the move to Aston Martin.
He won four driver’s titles in consecutive seasons between 2010 and 2013 with Red Bull Racing. His other career statistics (as of the end of the ‘21 season) include 53 grand prix wins, 122 podium finishes and 57 pole positions.