The Secret Life of… Sebastian Vettel
You know he drives for Ferrari. You know he's a four-time world champion. You may even know that he gives his F1 cars affectionate nicknames. But would you like to learn a little more about the notoriously private Sebastian Vettel? Help is at hand with the first instalment of our new interview series…
Q: Apart from driving a Formula One car, what is your favourite buzz?
Sebastian Vettel: Speed in general.
Q: Which film last made you cry?
SV: Lion [the 2016 film starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman]
Q: What are you afraid of?
SV: Tyre degradation! (Laughs)
Q: What was the last book you read?
SV: I don't read much …
Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
SV: As I just said: I don't read much!
Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Q: Do you collect anything?
SV: No. That’s something I’ll keep for later.
Q: What do you miss most about home when you’re travelling?
SV: Home, and everything that belongs to it: my bed, my pillow…
Q: What was your worst buy?
SV: For sure some electronic gadget, maybe another phone charger - a bit of useless stuff…
Q: What’s your ideal non-race Sunday?
SV: Being at home, sleeping late and spending time with family and friends.
Q: What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made?
SV: Fuji 2007 [when Vettel crashed into the back of future team mate Mark Webber, eliminating both men from the race].
Q: When was the last time you were really angry?
SV: When Germany’s football team lost against France in the semi-finals of the European championships last year.
Q: Which superpower would you prefer: being able to fly or being able to become invisible?
SV: Being able to fly. It would make life a lot easier! (Laughs)
Q: What do you sing in the shower?
SV: I don't sing...
Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
SV: Not anymore - I am in love.
Q: What’s the worst thing about being famous?
SV: Being famous! (Laughs)
Q: Outside of F1, what brings you the greatest satisfaction?
SV: Just unwinding and using the free time with family and friends.
Q: What is on your ‘bucket list’?
SV: Travel, with more time.
Q: You can invite three people to dinner, living or dead. Who do you invite?
SV: Enzo Ferrari, Audrey Hepburn, and Albert Einstein. Should make an interesting dinner conversation!
Q: What was the best thing about being a child?
SV: Not knowing how to worry.
Q: What should everyone try once in their lifetime?
SV: Spending a few months offline.