Three Cheers for Vettel
There he was, lounging in his home away from home in motorcoach space No. 30 at New Hampshire. On the tube Sunday morning was the Formula One Italian Grand Prix, and Brian Vickers couldn’t turn away while a young Red Bull athlete drove to his first F1 victory.
“I watch F1 every week it is on,” Brian said. “Sometimes I watch live, but most of the time I record the races and watch later, usually in my motorcoach. I set my TV to record all NASCAR and F1 races.”
Brian’s TV archived a historic occasion, as Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel, 21, won the wet-weather Italian GP some 12 seconds ahead of Heikki Kovalainen.
“I cheered for Vettel,” he said. “I am very happy and proud for Red Bull. I had the opportunity to spend time with Sebastian in the off-season in Austria. He is a great guy.”
Brian drives stock cars with 850 horsepower at 9,000 rpms. Vettel pilots Earth-bound fighter planes with 700 horsepower at 19,000 rpms.
“I love the technology and the speed of the cars — and racing in the rain,” said Brian, who attended the 2006 United States Grand Prix. “The normally dry races can be extremely boring, but racing in the rain is great.”