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The Secret Life of Sebastian Vettel 17 Mar 2010

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Wednesday, 10 March 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 12 March 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 12 March 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing (Right) walks the circuit.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday, 11 March 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Saturday, 13 March 2010

Ever wanted to get to know your favourite Formula One driver a little better? Ever wanted a glimpse inside their lives outside the cockpit and see what really makes them tick - away from the race track? Now you can with the help of our new series, The Secret Life. First up is Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who admits to being a far from model pupil at school, to having a loathing of squeaky shoes, and to sporting a distinctly gothic hair style in his youth…

Q: Are you the kind of guy to have a ‘Plan-B’?
Sebastian Vettel:
No, not at all.

Q: What is your favourite high?
SV:
Red Bull. What else?

Q: Who is your dream date?
SV:
My girlfriend.

Q: Which film makes you cry?
SV:
‘La Vita e Bella’ (Life is Beautiful). If you know the film you understand.

Q: What are you afraid of?
SV:
Mice! I don’t like them. Don’t ask me why.

Q: What was the last book you read?
SV:
I can’t remember. I don’t really read books. I like movies more.

Q: Name five things that you hate?
SV:
Squeaky shoes, traffic jams, rotten food, smoking areas at airports and you know those clubs where the air is so full of smoke that you could cut it with a knife, and having to wake up super early.

Q: Have you ever dyed your hair?
SV:
Yes, I have done it already. It was when I was younger, around 14 years-old. I went to a drugstore, bought a ‘do it yourself’ hair colour in black, went home and did it. It was an experiment, and oh boy, it didn’t look too good!

Q: What was the first CD you bought?
SV:
I remember it very well. It was ‘Informer’ by Reggae artist Snow. I must still have it somewhere.

Q: Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
SV:
Not that I know of!

Q: What did teachers say about you in your school report?
SV:
Probably that I wasn’t behaving, fussing all the time, and stirring things up. It would be in that range I assume.

Q: Who were your childhood heroes?
SV:
The three Michaels - Michael Schumacher, Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson. I wanted to become Michael Jackson when I was young. It was painful to realise that I didn’t have the voice…

Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
SV:
Not really. I like deserts but I don’t have any problems with that.

Q: Do you collect anything?
SV:
No, not really.

Q: What would you die for?
SV:
Homemade food. My mum’s kitchen.

Q: What was your worst buy?
SV:
It was in grammar school and I was in love with a girl. There were these chewing gum vending machines from which you could buy all sorts of stuff. I wanted a ring and wasted money on five chewing gums to finally get it out, but I never found the right moment to use it. It was a real waste of my pocket money.

Q: How do you take your coffee?
SV:
I don’t drink coffee. I think am too young to understand coffee. I mainly drink water.

Q: What is your ideal non-race Sunday morning?
SV:
To sleep in, have a big breakfast, and hopefully if it is a sunny day, do some sport in the outside air. Badminton or whatever. Mostly to be relaxed.

Q: What was your first car?
SV:
It was a moped. A Kreidler Flory that ran at about 25 km/h. Naturally, I didn’t tamper with it to make it go faster! We all know that this is not allowed…

Q: What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made?
SV:
One day I was hiding in the closet in the classroom and the teacher found out after half an hour - I had to come out and looked like an idiot.

Q: What is the best thing that you can cook?
SV:
Pasta and tomato sauce.

Q: When was the last time you were really furious?
SV:
In winter testing but I cannot tell you why. And on a lesser scale, I lost against my trainer in badminton last week. It was very close: he won 16:14. That rankled.