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Vettel is facing the biggest challenge of his career
Sebastian Vettel made his name with a near-flawless run to four world titles at Red Bull, but now looks a shadow of his former self. After several failed recent championship bids and a litany of high-profile mistakes, Vettel's Ferrari career appears to be souring as the balance of power at Maranello shifts. So where does he go from here?
When Sebastian Vettel is on song, he is a sight to behold. In harmony with his car, which for him needs a strong front end allied to a predicable rear that he can manipulate in the way he likes, he is close to unbeatable.
Think of the Red Bull years, Vettel perfectly attuned to the exhaust-blown aerodynamics of Adrian Newey's designs, a seemingly never-ending sequence of pole positions, races surrendering to his will, an era defined in a blur of blue and purple perfection, and by Vettel's index finger raised in celebration, smiling blue eyes visible through the slit in his helmet.
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