- Jun 28, 2009
Sebastian Vettel gets his own little corner of the Nürburgring
Sebastian Vettel is only turning 22 this summer, yet he's already racked up an impressive collection of citations: not only is he the youngest to drive an F1 car on grand prix weekend, the youngest to qualify on pole, the youngest the lead a grand prix and the youngest to win a grand prix, but he's also won the Nations Cup at the Race of Champions, picked up the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy and had his school renamed in his honor. And now they're naming a corner of the Nürburgring after him.
Before you go riffling through the innumerable turns on the venerated Nordschleife, we'll point out that Vettel's corner is situated on the shorter, accompanying grand prix track that will play host to the German Grand Prix next season. The young German's name will adorn the sixth turn, previously unnamed, putting his handle alongside that of his mentor, Michael Schumacher, for whom the S complex bridging turns 9 and 10 is named. Automakers Ford and Mercedes, rubber companies Dunlop and Kumho along with Castrol and Coca-Cola also have turns on the "Grand Prix Strecke" named after them, though we have a feeling they might have paid a little more than Vettel for the naming rights.
[Source: F1-Live | Image: Mark Thompson/Getty]