In the meantime, as part of our series to help you get to know the world’s finest drivers better, we asked the 26-year-old German to turn his attention to a different kind of ‘first’…
Who was your first hero when you were a child?
Sebastian Vettel: Without any doubt, Michael Schumacher.
What was the first Grand Prix you can remember watching?
SV: In 1993 my father took me for the first time to a practice session at the Hockenheimring where the German Grand Prix was being held.
How old were you when you first decided you wanted to be an F1 driver?
SV: For sure I was dreaming about it when I was a child, but when I got older and started racing in single-seaters myself it didn't seem such a dream any more - it started to feel like it could become a reality!
When was your first big accident in a race car?
SV: In karting, when I was seven years old. After that, the only bigger crash I had was in 2006 when I was racing in World Series by Renault at Spa-Francorchamps.
What colour was your first helmet?
SV: The first proper karting helmet I bought was a white Arai helmet. Before that I had a black helmet with a blue stripe, but this was only a standard one from a shop.
When did you win your first trophy and what did it look like?
SV: When I was eight years old I received a laurel wreath and I was absolutely delighted.
What was the first road car you drove?
SV: I tried to learn driving in a Ford Fiesta in our small garden.
How nervous were you on your first day of school?
SV: I don’t remember it, but I cannot imagine having been nervous - country boys take it as it comes.
What was the first meal you ever cooked?
SV: Scrambled eggs.
What was the first thing you did this morning?
SV: Surprise, surprise, I woke up!
What was the first thing you did after getting your first seat in F1?
SV: Missed my plane to Hungary!
What was the first record you bought?
SV: It was Informer by an artist called Snow.
What was the first sport you participated in as a kid?
SV: Football - and I still love it.
When was your first romantic kiss?
SV: When I was around 16 years old.
When was the first time you were asked to sign an autograph for a fan?
SV: When I was racing in Formula BMW (in 2003/2004).
When did you first taste champagne?
SV: I don’t remember. Probably it didn’t impress me that much.
Which would you eat first - a piece of fruit or a piece of chocolate?
SV: Thank God, a piece of fruit nowadays!
What was the first word you said as a baby?
SV: ...mmm, horsepower! (laughs)