Vettel: First time I drove a Formula 1 car I sh*t myself the first couple of laps

17 October, 2013

Sebastian Vettel poses for media at Jerez in 2005 ahead of his first F1 test

Sebastian Vettel poses for media at Jerez in 2005 ahead of his first F1 test

It’s hard to believe that Sebastian Vettel, who is so at ease and more often than not supreme behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car these days, was actually scared when he tested for the first time at the wheel of a BMW powered Williams FW27 at Jerez back in 2005.

Speaking after his victory at the Japanese Grand Prix, the triple World Champion recollected, “You know, I love racing. When I was small, I was dreaming about F1 and honestly never thought that one day I would be able to test one of these cars. First time I tested the car, Mark [Webber] drove in the morning, I drove in the afternoon. I sh*t myself the first couple of laps and I thought, alright, that’s for real men, not for me.”

The man who has since amassed 35 grand prix wins, and is heading to his fourth World title, got to grips with the power of F1. His name is now mentioned along with the acknowledged greats of the sport.

Sebastian Vettel was 18 years old when he made his F1 testing debut

Sebastian Vettel was 18 years old when he made his F1 testing debut

Vettel added, “Then I got used to it and obviously wanted to do more. A couple of years later, obviously I had the chance to get a drive, Red Bull gave me the chance at Toro Rosso to get some races.”

“It’s incredible what’s happened over the last couple of years but nothing has changed in the way that I still love racing, I love the challenge, I’m still nervous when I wake up on Sunday, still excited when I walk on the grid and tense, looking forward to the race,” revealed the 26 year old German.

It is well known that Vettel has a keen sense of F1 history, but he says that breaking records is not the end all and be all for him.

Sebastian Vettel tests a Williams BMW FW27 at Jerez in 2005

Sebastian Vettel tests a Williams BMW FW27 at Jerez in 2005

“Enjoying – not the numbers – but enjoying the fact that I’m racing and a great crowd today, a fantastic day. As I said, I think it would be a shame if you were too tense and if you tried to force things too much. I think you have to allow yourself to enjoy it because this is not normal, it doesn’t happen to everyone,”he mused.

“I think I’m very fortunate that I’m one of these 22-24 guys in F1. As I said, we leave the hotel, great respect from the fans, they’re cheering, they’re shouting our names and it’s just great. That’s what I’m looking forward to most, obviously try to do it again.”

“I love trophies so I don’t mind collecting a few either!” he acknowledged as he prepares to claim his fourth F1 World Championship crown. Fifth place at the Indian Grand Prix is all that is required from the guy who ‘sh*t’ himself’ when he first tried an F1 car. (GP247)

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  • McLarenfan

    At lest he is honest about that, there are a lot of armchair racers who think they could drive an F1 car on the limit yet the truth is thy couldn’t even make it out of the garage.

  • Tiu

    Yeah, people forget the vicious acceleration on these things. It takes a looong time to get used to it.

    I remember the first few months on my gsxr1000 which equals an F1 card 0-60 times I was scared too, you need to shift up but too afraid to move your hands off the steering and the fear of it flipping over during that violent acceleration aswell. And thats just in a straight line, let alone corners.

  • bmendon

    You need an engineering advanced degree just to understand the steering wheel!

  • heh

    Schumacher said the exact same thing, that when he tested an F1 car for the first time it all went too fast and he was actually scared, didn’t think he was up for it. Then after a few laps he felt comfortable.

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