Sebastian Vettel's biggest challenge yet

Sebastian Vettel's biggest challenge yet

For Sebastian Vettel, life had improved every year since he joined F1, but the 2012 season has changed all that. Jonathan Noble analyses the fight the world champion is now facing

It's often said that the true test of a racing driver's character is not how they handle themselves when they're winning, but how they deal with troubles when they're not. It's one thing keeping those smiles coming and enjoying the adulation as the victories rack up, quite another staying true to yourself when things suddenly get a bit harder.

For Sebastian Vettel, life had been pretty sweet right up until the start of this season. The ascent from BMW Sauber test driver, to race winner with Toro Rosso and double world champion with Red Bull Racing, had been damn hard work at the time, but it had all been played out in a nice upwards trajectory.

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