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A profile of Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Vettel's path to becoming double world champion

Sebastian Vettel 2011 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:31 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 27 Mar 2011 1 1 25 25
Malaysian GP 10 Apr 2011 1 1 25 50
Chinese GP 17 Apr 2011 1 2 18 68
Turkish GP 8 May 2011 1 1 25 93
Spanish GP 22 May 2011 2 1 25 118
Monaco GP 29 May 2011 1 1 25 143
Canadian Grand Prix 12 Jun 2011 1 2 18 161
European GP 26 Jun 2011 1 1 25 186
British GP 10 Jul 2011 2 2 18 204
German GP 24 Jul 2011 3 4 12 216
Hungarian GP 31 Jul 2011 1 2 18 234
Belgian GP 28 Aug 2011 1 1 25 259
Italian GP 11 Sep 2011 1 1 25 284
Singapore GP 25 Sep 2011 1 1 25 309
Japanese GP 9 Oct 2011 1 3 15 324
Korean Grand Prix 16 Oct 2011 2 1 25 349
Indian Grand Prix 30 Oct 2011 1 1 25 374
Abu Dhabi GP 13 Nov 2011 1 24 0 374
Brazilian GP 27 Nov 2011 1 2 18 392

"Sebastian Vettel was always going to be the man to beat in 2011 and the fifth youngest driver on the grid is already a double world champion.

"Last year's title was won despite his errors and calamities while this year's has been won because of a total lack of them. It has been a year of absolute controlled dominance.

"What has really struck me in his second winning season is his focus and maturity, he just did not get distracted at all.

"Vettel is also open about how he wants to smash every record that he can get anywhere near in his career.

"You just wonder now how far he can go with his speed, youth and experience on his side."


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 teams: 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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