May Sebastian Vettel be the following to hitch the checklist? : PlanetF1

Sebastian Vettel’s days on the Components 1 circuit are carried out however the beloved four-time World Champion is contemplating a crossover to rallying. He actually wouldn’t be the primary.

The German retired after the 2022 season finale in Abu Dhabi and has plans to decompress after a 15-year profession.

We haven’t seen the final of Vettel chasing victory on 4 wheels although. Loads of choices will probably be obtainable to the previous Crimson Bull, Ferrari and Aston Martin driver when that aggressive itch returns.

“I at all times preferred, for some purpose, rallying,” Vettel advised “However I can see it’s a serious problem, as a result of it’s so completely different to what we do in, let’s say, traditional circuit racing. So I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Loads of Components 1 drivers have gone looking for a brand new problem on the wheel of a rally automobile, however have been they profitable? Do the talents translate? Let’s discover out…

Kimi Raikkonen

The most recent journey within the profession of former 2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen is NASCAR however hailing from Finland, he couldn’t go with no stint of rallying.

Simply two years on from Championship glory, Raikkonen was left with restricted choices in Components 1. Ferrari opted to not prolong his deal and when a rumoured transfer to McLaren did not materialise, the Finn determined to decide to the WRC full-time for 2010.

Driving for the Citroen Junior Crew, Raikkonen’s efforts represented his F1 colleagues properly. He quickly turned solely the second driver to attain factors in each the WRC and F1 World Championship.

Fifth place on the 2010 Rally of Turkey was Raikkonen’s greatest efficiency and though he improved his factors tally in 2011 driving for his personal ICE 1 group, the Iceman completed back-to-back seasons tenth within the WRC Drivers’ Standings.

He didn’t return for 2012, discovering a route again into F1 with the Lotus group to on the spot success; ending third within the Championship by way of a victory in Abu Dhabi and 7 podiums.

Carlos Reutemann

Earlier than Raikkonen’s WRC enterprise, it’s important to rewind 25 years for the final time a Components 1 driver scored factors within the all-terrain sequence.

Carlos Reutemann received the Monaco Grand Prix in 1980 – the tenth of his 12 F1 wins – however didn’t cease there, impressing on his first try at rallying.

Driving a Fiat 131, Reutemann entered the Rally Argentina in his dwelling nation and impressed with third on debut.

The previous Williams and Ferrari driver retired from F1 in 1982 and would later enter politics, turning into the governor of Santa Fe. However first he had another rally in him, as soon as once more being lured to Rally Argentina by the organisers in 1985.

Stepping right into a Peugeot 205, Reutemann completed third on the WRC occasion as soon as once more. It might have been fascinating to see how the Argentinian would have fared throughout a complete rally season.

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Robert Kubica

The story of Poland’s solely Grand Prix winner will probably be without end intertwined with rallying; by means of his gut-wrenching accident, but additionally his courageous comeback.

Robert Kubica had turn into one among F1’s prime prospects, shining brightest in 2008 with victory on the Canadian Grand Prix and fourth-place within the Championship. Fernando Alonso has since hailed the previous Renault driver as one among his era’s greatest skills.

Then, whereas competing on the 2011 Ronde di Andora, Kubica suffered a horrific crash that may reroute his life. The Pole’s accidents included {a partially} severed proper forearm and fractures to his proper elbow, shoulder and leg.

Following an 18-month restoration, Kubica’s first precedence was rally: setting the Ronde Gomitolo Di Lana, a small race in Italy, as his comeback. He received, one minute away from the competitors.

Kubica’s focus narrowed onto rally and he bagged the Drivers’ title by way of 5 victories through the WRC-2 season, stepping as much as WRC full-time for the next three years and equalling Raikkonen’s greatest end of fifth in Germany.

Heikki Kovalainen

Now a full-time rally driver, 15 years in the past Heikki Kovalainen was a highly-rated younger driver partnering Lewis Hamilton forward of the 2008 season.

Victory on the Hungarian Grand Prix was nearly as good because it bought for Kovalainen, who struggled to seventh within the 2008 Drivers’ Championship as Hamilton celebrated the primary of seven World Championship titles.

The Finnish driver dropped to the again of the F1 grid with Lotus and Caterham earlier than a profitable stint in Tremendous GT. Since 2016 Kovalainen has built-up his rally expertise in Japan, having been a lifelong fan of the game.

Kovalainen received the Japanese Championship and made his WRC debut in 2022, signing-up to drive the Finnish Rally Championship this 12 months with eyes on the best stage.

Jim Clark

Should you ask many Components 1 followers of a sure era who the perfect is, Jim Clark might be their reply. The Brit was the last word driver for any event, as comfy on the monitor as he was on dust and his diverse profession is testomony to that.

He began out racing in native street rally occasions and would later compete within the 1966 RAC Rally of Nice Britain in a Lotus Cortina. Clark even has his personal occasion named after him run yearly in Kelso, Berwickshire as a part of the BRC calendar.

Clark would little doubt have added extra titles to his cupboard to associate with his two F1 World Championships however tragically misplaced his life on the age of simply 32 throughout a Components 2 race on the Hockenheimring.

Martin Brundle

The voice of Sky Sports activities F1 not solely has an extended historical past with F1 but additionally made a fleeting look in rallying, contesting one race within the 1996 and the 1999 World Rally Championship.

The ex-F1 driver drove a Ford Escort RS Cosworth in 1996 and a Toyota Corolla WRC in 1999 however did not make it amongst the categorized finishers on the Rally of Nice Britain.

Valtteri Bottas

The place else did you anticipate a Finnish driver to compete in then the Arctic Rally? Valtteri Bottas made his rally debut in January 2019, recording a stage win and ending fifth total, and has gone again ever since with 2022 marking his fourth consecutive look.

Away from the ice, he received the Paul Ricard-based Rallycircuit Côte d’Azur in 2019 and will return to the game as soon as his F1 days are up.

Nikita Mazepin

Nikita Mazepin could have been properly off the tempo in Components 1 however following his unceremonial dumping out of the game in 2021, he made his racing return in rallying on the Silk Means Rally.

He took half within the 10-day rally raid occasion in an SSV (‘side-by-side’) automobile and emerged on prime within the T3 class. Such was the distinction between the expertise of F1 and rallying that Mazepin mentioned the one similarities have been 4 wheels and a steering wheel.

He has no plans to make rallying his subsequent full-time dedication, although, as he nonetheless has hopes of returning to F1 in future. Properly, cash nonetheless talks.

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