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GP Week : Issue 15
focus and move on to the next step, the next race.” Vettel stepped up from the disappointments of those first few races with typical aplomb. In Monaco, where the new STR3 made its debut, Sebastian brought the car home in the points despite not having run a single lap of testing before arriving in the Principality. He repeated the feat next time out in Canada. Not bad going for the youngster, whose name has been linked not just to big sister team Red Bull, but to the might of McLaren. “Sometimes it’s quite amusing. To be honest right now I have bigger worries in my head. The new car is a lot of work and we have to do a lot of development work under race conditions. And we want to make a big step, so we will see. That is what is happening in my head much more than that. Perhaps there’s no more capacity than that.” Given the amount he seems to learn with every race, one would be hard pressed to argue his head has reached capacity. But taking all the pressure and responsibility of being considered one of the 20 best drivers in the world is no easy task for a man in his thirties, let alone a kid about to turn 21. “It’s always a difficult thing to comment on pressure. For me I love what I do, I’m really ambitious to reach my targets, and all the rest when it comes down to driving the car and doing my job, I don’t care what other people expect or what the media expects. “I do what I like, what I love, and no-one has to tell me. I try to do what I can and better. If I’m not good enough I go back, try harder and hopefully get stronger.” There’s a reason why Vettel is rated so highly. It’s not just his racecraft, nor a maturity that belies his tender years. Ask anyone who has worked with him and they’ll tell you he’s the real deal. Not just a talent, but a special one, destined for great things. So Happy Birthday Sebastian. Looking at his simply incredible career to date, one can only marvel at what feats he might achieve by the time he hits the lofty age of 22. The brightest pupil: Vettel was seemingly headed to BMW, having been a star in Formula BMW, above, and BMW Sauber’s test driver in 2006, right. But then the Red Bull commitments stepped in, and he found himself at Toro Rosso, far right. Just how long will it be before he is in the main team? 36