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GP Week : Issue 149
Being a Formula One driver isn’t just about racing cars and winning championships. Thanks to the business element of the sport, time spent behind the wheel is matched by time spent fulfilling all manner of promotional obligations. While that often means moody photoshoots and dinners with team sponsors, every once in a while a bit of lateral thinking leads to a more amusing way to spend a day or two. Such was the case in Shanghai, where Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel prepared for the Chinese Grand Prix by filming a short kung-fu film with team partners Infiniti. Infiniti arranged for Vettel and kung-fu actress Celina Jade to take part in a job swap and commit their efforts to celluloid. The first stop was a Shanghai film set, where Jade schooled Vettel in some basic kung-fu moves. Later on, the pupil became master when the two took to the track at Shanghai’s Tianma Circuit and the world champion taught the actress how to nail an apex or two. “Well, that was the first time I've acted in a martial arts movie and it was great fun,” Vettel said. “It was something totally new for me which was good as I always like new challenges and experiences. I learned that just like with driving, you need balance, control and technique to be good at kung-fu, but I think I'll still stick to my usual kind of fighting on track on Sunday!” Infiniti intend to capitalise on their relationship with Red Bull by organising a series of similar job swaps for Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber over the course of the year, with the drivers learning from experts across a range of fields as part of the Infiniti Inspired Performance series. The film itself will be released online in May, but a preview is available and has been embedded here for your amusement. VETTEL TRIES KUNG-FU ... ... advised not to quit the day job 5 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS