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A profile of Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel's championship-winning season in 60 seconds

Sebastian Vettel 2010 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:32 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Bahrain GP 14 Mar 2010 1 4 12 12
Australian GP 28 Mar 2010 1 17 0 12
Malaysian GP 4 Apr 2010 3 1 25 37
Chinese GP 18 Apr 2010 1 6 8 45
Spanish GP 9 May 2010 2 3 15 60
Monaco GP 16 May 2010 3 2 18 78
Turkish GP 30 May 2010 3 22 0 78
Canadian Grand Prix 13 Jun 2010 2 4 12 90
European GP 27 Jun 2010 1 1 25 115
British GP 11 Jul 2010 1 7 6 121
German GP 25 Jul 2010 1 3 15 136
Hungarian GP 1 Aug 2010 1 3 15 151
Belgian GP 29 Aug 2010 4 15 0 151
Italian GP 12 Sep 2010 6 4 12 163
Singapore GP 26 Sep 2010 2 2 18 181
Japanese GP 10 Oct 2010 1 1 25 206
Korean Grand Prix 24 Oct 2010 1 17 0 206
Brazilian GP 7 Nov 2010 2 1 25 231
Abu Dhabi GP 14 Nov 2010 1 1 25 256

"It was a classic Sebastian Vettel season - full of unbelievable speed, skill and commitment.

"The moment of the year that stands out in my mind was his re-start on a treacherous track in South Korea, when he pulled out two seconds over Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso on the first lap - that confidence and judgement is extraordinary.

"He made 10 pole positions, won five races, and is the youngest world champion in F1 history. He was already the youngest pole-sitter and race winner.

"But for a faulty spark plug in Bahrain, Alonso's brilliance in Singapore, and a broken engine in Korea, he could easily have won eight races, such was his speed.

"The impetuous mistakes, when connecting with his team-mate in Turkey and collecting Button up in Spa, need calming and this championship will give him a new confidence and belief to do that.

"He's now the benchmark for all other drivers."


Name three attributes an F1 driver must have

Determination, aggression, control.

What is the hardest thing about being an F1 driver?

Answering questionnaires :)

Formula 1 is not just about the car because…

...without a team and a driver it stays in the garage.

If I was in charge of Formula 1 I would...

... increase the amount of racing, particularly I would have more than one race for a race weekend.

If I could drive in any era of Formula 1 it would be...

Today's era.

Who is your best friend among the drivers?

Formula 1 is like a class of students, with some you get on well and spend time with them and some others you like less.

Which F1 driver tells the worst jokes?

DC (only teasing, because he can get his own back when he's commentating).

Describe yourself in a few words

Previous team: BMW Sauber, Toro Rosso
Nationality: German
Born: 3/07/1987, Heppenheim
Grand Prix debut: US 2007
World championships: 2010

Competitive, private, impatient.

Do you excel at any other sports?

I'd love to excel in football, but I think I have to keep my day job.

What car(s) other than an F1 car do you drive?

I have a contract with BMW.

What is your favourite song?

Drive my car by The Beatles

What's the last book that you read?

I don't know, but it was a big book with pictures...

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 any more to change my image as an 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.

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.

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?
Michael Schumacher.

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!

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?
Angelina Jolie.

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.

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