If there’s one thing that truly impresses us, it’s a new generation kid achieving incredible world class feats. I-S picks the brain of the youngest F1 World’s Championship Runner-up in history, Sebastian Vettel, ahead of his highly-anticipated showing at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Will the real Sebastian Vettel please stand up? I am as I am. I don’t mind what people think about me. The most important thing is to believe in yourself, be honest to yourself and follow your targets. It’s the same with the clothes that I wear. I like Puma because their clothes are functional; they help me do my work well.
What was it like growing up? I’m lucky to have a family and good friends who help me keep my feet on the ground.
When did you discover your love for racing? When I drove a go-kart for the first time, I knew this was what I liked to do.
Your favorite tracks? Monaco, Silverstone, Spa, Suzuka and the night race in Singapore are some of the most exciting. Racing at night in Singapore is like taking part in a giant computer game.
Most under-rated value in society? Politeness!
Biggest pet peeve? Queuing.
Fame or fortune? I’m not so keen on fame. It’s nice to have your success acknowledged but a private life is very important to me.
Happiest moment in your career? When I had my first F1 victory in Monza.
What is the recipe to success? You have to believe in yourself, work very hard and be very focused on your targets.
Sebastian Vettel will be driving for Red Bull Racing on Sep 26, 8pm at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.