Sebastian Vettel and his second job
It's been a rocky start to 2014 for the F1 champ. Luckily he's got another job to fall back on. Paul Horrell reports
Posted: 23 Feb 2014
If he hasn't bought Porsches or Ferraris, examining his road-car history might at least give us some clue to his tastes, what characteristics he's looking for. Sadly not. He's never had to buy a car, because as soon as he was old enough for a driving licence, he was being showered with them by the manufacturers in whose racecars he was winning championships. "I was spoiled. I got a company car when I was 18, a BMW X3. The car I bought was a BMW bus." Oh. Explain that. "It's practical. Just for putting the bike in the back and so on. It's freedom. Anyway, I can keep it, because Infiniti don't make a competitor."
Still, he genuinely does seem to enjoy putting in his two penn'orth. "It's nice to meet the people, get to know the brand." A day with those earnest Infiniti road engineers must, after all, be a nice escape from his round of perma-polite sponsor days? "Yes, for sure. Talking about cars is always better than ‘How do you like the shoes?'"
So does he really drink Red Bull? "Yes." The grin widens a little more. A shrug. "What do you expect me to say? I do. But at the end of last week, it was mixed with other things."