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GP Week : Issue 77
not dining, down the gym or downtown, but watching his pit crew practice stops. He covers every aspect of racing, everything that could affect his plan for success. And he has continuously stressed that his one goal is to be world champion. When he was unveiled as David Coulthard's replacement in mid-2008, some people were a little surprised. This was pre-Monza victory. Yet he and the team obviously knew that a Newey-designed car in the hands of a tenacious, dedicated young driver could challenge for the world title. Christian Horner knows he has a prodigious talent on his hands, and knows that success is what drives Vettel and gives him confidence too. Post the Malaysian victory, the Red Bull team principal summed up the German thus: "He's been remarkable -- if anything he was more cool than a lot of other people in that he knows he's got a fast car and his motivation has been sky-high because of that." Vettel keeps scant counsel. He has no entourage, no manager, no press secretary. His band consists of himself, his trainer Tommi and the Red Bull team: their Communications department, Horner and Red Bull's F1 guru Dr Helmut Marko. His father Norbert occasionally attends races, but not in the way Anthony Hamilton guided Lewis -- more as low-profile support from the sidelines. Vettel makes all Monza 2008 (left and above). A defining wet- weather win for Toro Rosso. Beanies are back in .. ccording to Seb, below. F1 FEATURE >> No manager, no pres secretary ... Vettel handles the media himself -- and he understands the ir needs. 31