F1 Throwback: When a Young Sebastian Vettel Met Idol Michael Schumacher

Published 08/25/2020, 5:33 AM EDT


From 1994 until 2004, every German motorsports fan grew up with the name Michael Schumacher on their lips. The 7-time World Champion was practically a deity to many German children who were venturing into motorsport. In the legion of Schumacher’s admirers was a certain Sebastian Vettel.

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Vettel even met the German maestro when he was a child, thus fulfilling one of his boyhood dreams. Fast-forward to the 2007 season and Vettel officially made his Formula One debut with the Toro Rosso team.

Later on, when he joined the Red Bull team, he set off on his period of dominance akin to Schumacher’s glory days. Sebastian Vettel won four World Championships on the trot, and the Michael Schumacher comparisons simply rolled in.

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A young Sebastian Vettel with Michael Schumacher from formula1

 

Sebastian Vettel is now in a rut

After his dominant Red Bull days, Vettel needed a new challenge, so he jumped ship to Scuderia Ferrari. At long last, Sebastian Vettel was in the very team that brought Michael Schumacher a lot of glory. The signs were all there for him to follow in Schumi’s footsteps.

Sadly, he never quite got going with the Maranello-based outfit and has missed out on the title every time. To make matters worse, Vettel’s performance gradually began to decline at an alarming rate.

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It got to a point where he made countless driver errors and threw away chances of victories or podium finishes.

In 2019, Scuderia Ferrari found a new star to guide them, namely Charles Leclerc. Since then, Vettel has been shifted from numero uno to playing second fiddle to the Monegasque driver.

Of course, this is horribly humiliating for a driver of Vettel’s stature, but he has really not helped his own case.

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Admittedly, it will be a tall ask for Sebastian Vettel to emulate Michael Schumacher, now that he is set to leave Ferrari. Luckily, he still has several more races left in the 2020 season to redeem himself.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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