Connect with us


The Secret Life of Sebastian Vettel – Exclusive Interview



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: What was your biggest (non-Formula One) speeding fine?

SV: It was in Switzerland, and was something around 250 Swiss Francs. I guess it was 21 km/h over the speed limit. That’s a lot in Switzerland as you don’t have much margin there.



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 ‘does it yourself’ hair color 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 realize 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.

Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2018 F113 hours ago

Giovinazzi tipped to replace Ericsson at Sauber F1

Sauber boss Frederic Vasseur has denied that taking on Kimi Raikkonen for 2019 is part of the Swiss team’s deal...

2018 F115 hours ago

Leclerc could beat Vettel at Ferrari – Marciello

Charles Leclerc could emerge as Ferrari’s number 1 driver as quickly as 2019. That is the view of racing driver...

2018 F13 days ago

I can still become world champion with my own power – Vettel

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the highly influential Italian sports daily, Sebastian Vettel said “Ciao Mondiali” to his hopes...

2018 F14 days ago

Vettel misses Schumacher amid 2018 F1 struggle

Sebastian Vettel thinks he would benefit from the advice of his old friend and mentor Michael Schumacher. One analysis of...

2018 F15 days ago

Verstappen says Red Bull never considered deal with Alonso

Max Verstappen says Red Bull never considered signing up Fernando Alonso for 2019. That is despite the fact that, recently,...

2018 F15 days ago

Honda poised to overtake Renault for power

Honda could be poised to overtake Renault and cease having the least powerful engine in F1. Auto Motor und Sport...

2018 F17 days ago

Pascal Wehrlein on pole for 2019 Toro Rosso race seat

Pascal Wehrlein has emerged as a top candidate to return to F1 next year. Just days ago, Mercedes admitted that...

2018 F17 days ago

I’ll be with Force India until the end of 2018 – Ocon

Esteban Ocon says he should keep his Force India cockpit for the rest of the 2018 season. Earlier, there was...

2018 F17 days ago

FIA clears legality of Ferrari’s camera-blocking ‘fan’

F1’s governing body has cleared Ferrari to keep using a controversial airbox fan. In the Singapore pits, the Italian team...

2018 F11 week ago

Ricciardo is worth top dollar – Alain Prost

Paying the big bucks for Daniel Ricciardo is an expense that Renault can fully justify. That is the view of...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media