The Future Looks Bright, Thy Name Is Vettel
That horrific crash at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix is the best thing to ever have happen to Formula One.
Robert Kubica injured his ankle and suffered a mild concussion, and the U.S Grand Prix was just one week away, what was BMW to do?
Well, they promoted their test driver to fill in Kubica's seat, that driver's was Sebastian Vettel. Vettel, qualified well at the Brickyard and became the first teenager in the history of the sport to score points.
Gerhard Berger was so impressed that he brought Vettel into the Scuderia Toro Rosso garage to replace the lackluster American Scott Speed.
Vettel didn't maintain the same pace as in the much superior BMW chassis, but he proved something, Seb Vettel is here to stay.
In 2008, especially after the STR3 was introduced, Vettel proved his out and out pace, with the junior squad consistently out qualifying the senior Red Bull cars, driven by Webber and Coulthard.
Vettel was the best surprise of the 2008 season, this young 20-year-old kid was in a customer car keeping up with the biggest budgets in the sport, it was pretty impressive.
At Monza Vettel solidified his place as the best. It was a soggy weekend in northern Italy.
Vettel with his STR3 came out against the Ferraris and McLaren's and was able to out qualify them, showing his skill as a wet-weather driver. At the end of the day, Vettel was at the pole position the youngest driver to ever do so.
It was raining on Sunday afternoon too, a situation many drivers relish.
Lewis Hamilton had proven to be a great wet-weather driver, and both Finns and their legendary car control skill, the 20-year-old German had proven during the previous session that he outright pace unmatched by anyone in the wet.
Vettel proceeded to dominate the Grand Prix and only went faster after the rains came. At the end of the day, Scuderia Toro Rosso was the first non-Ferrari team flying an Italian flag to win a Grand Prix since Alfa Romeo in the 1950's, and Vettel had become the youngest race winner ever surpassing Fernando Alonso.
In 2009, Vettel and his promotion to the top Red Bull team has shown to be a good match, showing lots of outright pace on Fridays and Saturdays.
But the incident Vettel suffered, when trying to stop Robert Kubica from overtaking him at the closing stages of the Australian Grand Prix, set him back, by cancelling out a possible podium finish at Albert Park and being penalized 10 grid spots at the next race for his actions resulted in two finishes, around the back of the pack.
The future is bright though, after qualifying in the pole position yesterday, I consider him to be the favorite to win the race on Sunday.
After the FIA's ruling Red Bull and Newey could design and add a new diffuser to add rear down-force to the car adding pace to an already very fast chassis, Vettel could win the championship at 21 years old.
Formula One has quite a future, Kubica, Vettel, Hamilton, and Piquet; and these young drivers will battle each other out for supremacy for the next decade.
The Hamilton-Vettel rivalry will be the equivalent of Prost-Senna or Hakkinen-Schumacher.
Two great drivers, trying to prove to each other and to themselves who is the best. I'm looking forward to multiple championships from the Brit and the German, racing each other to see who is the best of the best.
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