About a Little Boy

Pylonen… with bees … in his bottom !

There once was a little boy, one of three children. His father was a carpenter and did some construction work to the house of a friend of ours. Noticing our friend’s trophies, the man  asked: “So, you are into racing?” – “Yes,” was the answer. – “I can show you something, in case you are interested.” He sure enough was.

… A True Story

So one day Harry joined the family on a little track. What our friend was to see took his breath away: a little kid aged four racing through pylons at unfathomable speed. He was dead afraid this child might hit a lamp post. But no. At the age of four and contrary to what traffic experts will  have to say, this child had imbibed the movements of a perfect racing driver. He was no other than Sebastian Vettel from Heppenheim, a little place in Germany.

Older kid with need for speed.

Older kid with need for speed.

Many do not really like him. One wonders why.

The chap is just soooo fast as to make F1 boring, some say. And, yes, we all know that he should change the team at some stage. But maybe Red Bull are now asking him to pass on his racing excellence to his  new team mate and then release him to move to another team. Who knows. Lots of speculations, lots of rumours. As always when someone is doing outstandingly well. This excellence, we are convinced, Eddie Irvine would have to acknowledge, even though according to Motorsport total Irvine claims Michael Schumacher was the better driver. Really?

The team Red Bull allegedly does everything pro Seb. Is that so?

Well, it has to be said that Sebastian had the guts to disagree with Team Order. Not bad for a  hero, one is inclined to intonate. Nico Rosberg, on the other hand, in the same race followed Mercedes Team Order. Should that be better? Alternatively, is it better that for Ferrari Alonso quite ostensibly was the Number 1 driver, Felippe having to huddle behind like a little slave?

What are the rules of F 1? Does not each team try to outdo the other? One should not forget that Vettel’s now ex-team mate Mark Webber caused quite a number of crashes. And whether or not Mark Webber left due to Seb is ultimately immaterial. He was given a brilliant chance to drive for Red Bull. Quite ostensibly, he had passed his prime in F1 and is now given another formidable chance, namely LMP1 with Porsche. Now that cannot be bad! Webber himself sees it that way.

There has to be a space for whizz kids who quite simply outdo others in their field. And Sebastian undoubtedly is one of them, just like outstandingly speedy Lewis – even though, sadly, Lewis has somewhat lost track with his involvement in soapy glitz world. And, hey F 1 fans: Don’t be unfair. Hey commentators and ex-F 1 drivers:  Try not to be envious but acknowledge their capabilites. Sebastian is an elitist first-class driver, and has deserved all the respect for his incredible performance. Full stop.

Susanne Roeder

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PS: Horrified to hear of Michael’s terrible skiing accident.