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2012-03-08 09:00

IT'S THE FLASH: Sebastien Vettel as we've become accustomed to seeing him - on the podium following another race win.


ERLIN, Germany - Sebastian Vettel is living the life of Formula 1 fairy tales but still looking for infinite satisfaction.

"You hope that the greatest day in life is still to come," the double and reigning F1 World champion said after winning his second title.

Victories, World titles, honours - nothing more than further drive for the next peak performance for the 24-year-old German. "But I do hope one can always look forward to something else," he said.

As quickly as the youngest double champion in F1 history seems to have matured, the son of a carpenter has maintained an almost child-like joy for his career.


"I am absolutely crazy for the sport," Vettel admitted. Maybe that's why he seems so likeable and authentic and why he has also won the hearts of people other than racing fans. Acting German president Horst Seehofer said when he awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf to Vettel: "Despite all your success, you have remained down-to-earth."

Sebastian Vettel

PART OF THE JOB: Sebastian Vettel is perhaps more comfortable on a racetrack but here he is being awarded Germany's highest sporting honour, the Silver Laurel Leaf, on February 24, 2012.

The F1 millionaire stood around in the Bellevue castle like the winner of a youth researcher award. Gala events in dinner jackets are not really his thing and appearances on the red carpet with his girlfriend Hanna are also rare.

Vettel, who lives in Switzerland, guards his private life. It almost seemed indiscreet when the German mass-circulation daily Bild reported that Vettel hoped to have three or four children.


Vettel is looking towards title No.3. "Early fame is a nice thing but you have to make sure it still means something."

The young driver is hungry to make his way through the Formula 1 record books. British racing legend Stirling Moss has said "Vettel is a modern Fangio", a legitimate successor to five-times world champion Juan Manuel Fangio.

Vettel is the youngest racer to score F1 points, the youngest driver to earn pole position, the youngest race winner, the youngest World champion and the youngest double champion. His career is racing forward just as fast as he drives.

And Vettel said victories were "like a flash" to him. "That's why you to keep doing it, so you can keep getting a piece of it."

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