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Sebastian Vettel: The Ultimate Team Radio Collection

Sebastian Vettel won 53 races, 122 podiums, 57 pole positions, and four world championships in his 16 seasons in the sport. However, by leaving Formula One, the German driver leaves his fans with a plethora of more emotional and often hilarious memories. We asked our writers to name their favorite Vettel moments from his illustrious F1 career…

F1 Digital Presenter Will Buxton: To be honest, I have far too many. I’ve had the privilege of taking passenger rides with him, discussing The Beatles with him, watching and reporting on every lap of his F1 career, and witnessing him transition from a talismanic leader and record-setter on track to an inspirational force for good off track.
“We must remember these days,” he famously said on the radio, “because there is no guarantee that they will last forever.” Enjoy them while they last.” Thank you very much, Seb.
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Hall of Fame F1 Journalist David Tremayne: I have many fond memories of Seb and his races, particularly Monza 2008, but it was something personal that demonstrated his inner strength.
When asked how he would react if one of his children came out, he replied, “My role as a parent is to love and support my children the best I can.” I support them in whatever they choose to do or whomever they choose to love. So no reaction other than unconditional love and support.” That hit home!
TREMAYNE: Goodbye. Sebastian Vettel is a four-time champion with a strong conscience and charisma.

F1 Correspondent and Presenter Lawrence Barretto: One of my career highlights has been the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Sebastian during pre-season testing in 2020. The German was attentive and focused throughout, never looking at his watch – even when we went over time.
I felt like I saw the real Sebastian, someone who is fiercely loyal, dedicated to his family, and determined to be the best at his job. F1 is going to miss him terribly.
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Special Contributor: Chris Medland It may be a popular and obvious choice, but it was at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix press conference that Walter Koster asked his now-famous “Gentlemen, a brief look back…” question.
Such a long question asked in an unusual manner (in his second language, remember) had caught everyone off guard, but Seb had been paying close attention, so when the moderator asked who the question was aimed at – despite it being stated in the question – Seb’s quick-witted response of: “No, he said, he said, it was Nico and me.” You didn’t pay attention. “Could you please repeat the question?” was gold. It summed up his sense of humour, which was evident even at the end of such a trying year for him.
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Staff Writer Michael Seymour: The sight of Vettel completing farewell donuts in Abu Dhabi was symbolic, with the German leaving one final mark – through screaming tyres – on a sport to which he has given so much, and vice versa. But, for all of his achievements on the track, it is Vettel’s sense of humour that I will remember the most. It was always a joy to see those influences shine through as an Anglophile familiar with shows ranging from Monty Python to Little Britain.
None more so than during that famous press conference at Yas Marina in 2014, when, after a monologue of a question and confusion over the intended recipient, Vettel jumped in with a response that had those watching in stitches. A legend both inside and outside the car, and, more recently, a shining example to the rest of the grid. Thank you, Seb.

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Special Contributor: Rob Burnett Over the past few seasons, I’ve grown to admire Sebastian’s use of his platform to advocate for causes he believes in, particularly human rights and equality. He’s also one of the funniest drivers on the grid – his response to the famous “gentlemen, a brief look back in time” question was hilarious – but his best moment has to be that almost unbelievable victory at Monza in 2008.
Everyone enjoys a good underdog story, and this was one of the best: a 21-year-old driver in his first full season in F1, keeping his head to triumph over the best of the best – and all in a Toro Rosso car produced by a team that was just a few years ago perennial backmarkers Minardi, which frequently went entire seasons without scoring a single point. What a triumph. What a tale. What a maniac.
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Staff Writer: Nadim Bart-Williams My selection contains a hint of recency bias, but I remember Vettel’s celebrations after finishing second in Baku in 2021 like it was yesterday. “That’s a podium man, that’s a wrap,” I remember thinking.
What I remember most is how other drivers congratulated him, demonstrating their respect for him, which reveals a lot about a person. Even with all of his previous success, his joyous celebrations with his team demonstrated how special it was to him, and that made it feel special to us.
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Special Contributor: Mark Hughes I enjoyed his late Jesus period even more than his peak Red Bull years because we get to see the full Sebastian, the great ambassador he has become, as well as the fierce competitor beneath. This year’s final few corners in Austin with Magnussen were epic.