Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are undoubtedly the biggest stars Formula 1 has ever seen. Both achieved breakthroughs in their respective careers around the same time and were immediately hailed as the greatest talents the sport would ever see.
In hindsight, the associated extrapolations were correct, because together the two managed to win 11 world championship titles. It has been over 16 years since the pair made their F1 racing debut and one of them (Vettel) has even retired.
Amid his retirement, in his new life on social media, Vettel is giving fans a big throwback. The ex-Ferrari driver shared a photo of him from his Formula 3 days in 2005 on Instagram, where fans could also see Hamilton. The 35-year-old captioned the picture, “The ‘apprentices’ of the master class.”
F1 fans react to healthy photo of Sebastian Vettel
With the photo shared by Vettel, F1 fans quickly realized that even Hamilton is there, who dominated this edition of the Formula 3 series and made McLaren take him seriously. While Vettel was a rookie on the series at the time, he was able to impress everyone with his promising performances.
Vettel’s Instagram post was quick to comment on how far the two drivers had come in their careers. One user commented: “The fact that 3 years after Seb won on a Toro Rosso and Lewis was World Champion is scary. Easily the two best RD’s I’ve seen with my eyes.”
Others marveled at how many league titles the two have won. Additionally, many even commented “Sewis” on the post, an acronym created by fans to celebrate the friendship between Vettel and Hamilton that has blossomed in recent years.
However, Vettel and Hamilton weren’t the only drivers in the picture to have made it into F1. Adrian Sutil, Paul di Resta, Lucas di Grassi and Giedo van der Garde also made it into the top motorsport series. But in 2023 only Hamilton is going strongest of all.
Lewis Hamilton still has a championship to win
In Vettel’s final days in F1 he came out with a hashtag – there’s one more race to win. He still uses it in every Instagram post and has also released stickers announcing the same slogan he sells on his clothing website.
But it’s not to be taken literally. Instead, Vettel is signaling the fight against climate change and other social issues that humanity should win. But coming to Hamilton he is still going strong in F1 and intends to extend his stay in F1.
The seven-time world champion recently expressed his desire to win another World Cup to bring his tally to eight. So in his case, there’s literally another championship up for grabs.