F1 team review - Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel 2009 Season StatsLast updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:33 UK
BBC COMMENTATOR MARTIN BRUNDLE'S VIEW
"Sebastian Vettel is the real deal, a champion in waiting. In fact, he could easily have been the 2009 champion with less early mistakes and engine failures.
"He took the chequered flag in Shanghai, Silverstone, Suzuka, and Abu Dhabi and each one of those victories was sensational.
"On the flip side, he clouted the barrier in Monaco, which saw him throw away vital points. His clumsy accident with BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica back in Melbourne was also costly, as was the spin at the following race in Malaysia.
"An unlucky pit-lane speed limit penalty in Singapore also knocked him back as did his engine problems.
"He just keeps smiling, though, with his right foot planted on the throttle."
VETTEL TAKES OUR DRIVERS' TEST
Vettel is aiming to build on his first Grand Prix win for Toro Rosso last season
What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?
Living your dreams.
How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?
I don't care what other people think as long as I am happy. The day I die or retire, I have blown all my chances because I don't have the chance anymore to change my image as a F1 driver.
What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?
I don't think that there is one embarrassing moment, that's for sure. There are moments of pleasure, moments of joy and there are moments when you feel sad and moments when you feel embarrassed.
I don't see one bad memory. I think it is all part of a big story, there are good stories and bad stories. I have had all kinds of experience.
Who is the worst dressed Formula One driver?
I am not into men's clothes.
Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?
Both fantastic drivers, but I would say Senna
Spa or Monaco?
They are both very different, but I like both kind of tracks. I like street circuits and I like Spa a lot.
I would miss both of them if they were taken off the calendar. But I don't have "one" favourite track, I like many circuits.
VETTEL'S STATS & FACTS
Previous team: BMW Sauber, Toro Rosso
Car number: 15
Born: 3/07/1987, Heppenheim
Grand Prix debut: US 2007
Grands Prix entered: 43
Pole positions: 5
If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?
Possibly I would have studied mechanical engineering, something like that. Because I love motorsport, I would have tried to get some position in motorsport, if not in F1 then in some other category.
Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?
What would be your perfect day off?
Having a good sleep in the morning, starting the day with a good breakfast. Then hanging around with friends, doing some sport and in the evening, enjoying some drinks and having a good time.
Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
I am not fan of a specific holiday destination. Because of all the travelling we do in F1 I love to be at home.
Apart from a house what is the most expensive thing that you own?
I don't have a house. Having a very good relationship with my family is the most expensive thing I own.
What is your favourite item of clothing?
My Red Bull hat!
What is your favourite music to drive to?
Obviously I don't listen to music in the race car, but when I am travelling in a road car I like to listen to old music from the Seventies or Eighties, all kinds of music and bands like The Beatles.
Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?
All four of The Beatles, but only two are still alive, and Ayrton Senna.
Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know
I have UK shoe size 7.5 or, for Europeans, shoe size 41
Steve McQueen or Paul Newman?
I am too young to know both of them but I would say Steve McQueen.
Boxers or briefs?
Angelina Jolie or Keira Knightley?
James Bond or Austin Powers?
I love James Bond. Life would be different without the character of James Bond. I like it because it is very British. But I love Austin Powers too because he makes fun of being a top secret agent.