Sebastian Vettel became the youngest back-to-back winner of the driver's title with his 3rd place finish at the Japanese Grand Prix. Despite McLaren driver Jenson Button's victory in Japan, Vettel won enough points to ensure the successful defence of his F1 world championship. We look at other records and milestones that he achieved or are within reaching distance of the German this season....
Vettel has won 8 races from pole position in 2011. He is only one behind Nigel Mansell's record of most wins from pole position in a season, set in 1992. With 4 Grands Prix left, the 24-year-old can be expected to go past Mansell.
Vettel has won 12 pole positions from 15 races this season, with the other three going to his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. He can easily surpass Nigel Mansell's mark of 14 poles that the Briton set off 16 races in 1992.
Vettel has a tally of 9 wins off 15 races this season. With 4 races to go, the German can still equal Michael Schumacher's record of most wins in a single season, set by Schumi in 2004 when he won 13 off 18 races. He is already third on the list with Schumacher's 13 wins in 2004 and 11 in 2002, the only better marks.
Of course it should be remembered there is one more race this year than there was in 2004.
Vettel has the highest percentage of total possible points in a season after winning 324 points off 375 this year. This takes his percentage to approx 86.4%, which is more than 1.5% higher than the percentage of points won by Michael Schumacher (84.71%), when he claimed 144 points off 170 in 2002.
The Red Bull driver already has 27 poles (12 this season) from 77 races and is 7th on the all-time list of pole-winners. He is only two behind the great Juan Manuel Fangio and of the current drivers only Michael Schumacher, who is the record pole-winner with 68, is there on the list of the Top-10, besides Vettel.
Vettel now has 14 podium finishes in 15 races this season, with his only blot coming in the German Grand Prix, where he finished fourth. He can break Michael Schumacher's record of most podium finishes in a season (17 off 17) as he still has four races in hand.
|3||Daniel RicciardoRed Bull||Australian||212|
|5||Max VerstappenToro Rosso||Dutch||165|
|8||Sergio PerezForce India||Mexican||80|
|9||Nico HulkenbergForce India||German||54|
|2||Red Bull||Daniel Ricciardo|
|4||Force India||Sergio Perez|
|7||Toro Rosso||Max Verstappen|