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GP Week : Issue 28
>>F1monza A breath of fresh air AFTER the ill feeling in Spa, Monza was just what Formula 1 needed to bring it back to its senses – a real race, with a real racer taking victory. Sebastian Vettel is a popular chap in F1 circles. His smiling demeanour and quick wit makes him easy to talk to, easy to get along with, and fun to be around. Many times this season he has had the media centre in hysterics with his youthfully honest or just plain daft quotes in press conferences, and the opinion around the paddock was that once this guy got into a top-three position and had his day in front of the TV unilateral cameras, the world would fall in love with him. His maturity, deference and sense of humour shone through after he took pole position on Saturday, and again after the race win on Sunday. His wide eyes, big grin and stifled laugh at the apparent ridiculousness of the situation were refreshing to see. Here was someone who didn’t rate himself as the next big thing. It was just this young guy, having the time of his life and being completely blown away by the enormity of what was happening to him. He has a tendency to curse when the moment takes him, something I secretly hoped he might do on the unilateral … not to get him into any trouble, just because when Seb swears it’s always part of something really amusing he’s saying. And he gets away with it, week after week. Because everyone loves him and he’s just being him. He finally let his guard down after the TV cameras had been turned off, and as per usual, he had the whole press room in hysterics. Sebastian Vettel’s first Formula 1 victory will not be his last. He is a supreme talent and a cracking chap. That he is so mature and so fast at such a young age bodes well for the future of the sport, and his demeanour rests in stark contrast to a number of his peers. The world at large got to see only the smallest part of Sebastian in the TV interviews at the weekend. There’s much more to discover about a guy who has already made such a huge impact on this sport. Likewise, I’m positive there is much more of his racecraft that we have yet to see. He’s 21. Imagine that. He’s broken Fernando Alonso’s record as the youngest Grand Prix winner by WiLL BUxtOn GPWeek Editor about a year. Put this guy in the right car, at the right time, and nevermind Lewis Hamilton – it could be Sebastian Vettel that rewrites the history books. Pos # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 15 23 4 5 3 2 22 10 1 6 12 8 11 7 16 9 17 14 20 Ret 21 FORMULA 1 Round 14 MOnzA Driver Team Sebastian Vettel Heikki Kovalainen Robert Kubica Fernando Alonso Nick Heidfeld Felipe Massa Lewis Hamilton Mark Webber Kimi Räikkönen Nelsen Piquet Timo Glock Kazuki Nakajima Jarno Trulli Nico Rosberg Jenson Button David Coulthard Rubens Barrichello Sebastien Bourdais Adrian Sutil Giancarlo Fisichella STR-Ferrari McLaren-Mercedes BMW Sauber Renault BMW Sauber Ferrari McLaren-Mercedes Red Bull-Renault Ferrari Renault Toyota Williams-Toyota Toyota Williams-Toyota Honda Red Bull-Renault Honda STR-Ferrari Force India-Ferrari Force India-Ferrari Laps 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 52 52 52 51 11 Time 1:26:47.494 +12.5s +20.4s +23.9s +27.7s +28.8s +29.9s +32.0s +39.4s +54.4s +58.8s +62.0s +65.9s +68.6s +73.3s +1 Lap +1 Lap +1 Lap +2 Laps Accident Grid 1 2 11 8 10 6 15 3 14 17 9 18 7 5 19 13 16 4 20 12 Points – Drivers: Hamilton 78, Massa 77, Kubica 64, Raikkonen 57, Heidfeld 53, Kovalainen 51, Alonso 28, Trulli 26, Webber 20, Glock 15. Manufacturers: Ferrari 134, McLaren-Mercedes 129, BMW 117, Toyota 41, Renault 41, Toro Rosso 27, Red Bull 26, Williams-Toyota 17, Honda 14. 31 opinion