Although he concedes Formula 1 is important in his life, Sebastian Vettel is adamant it does not “define me as a person.”
The four-time World Champion is one of the very few drivers in the paddock in the paddock without a social media presence.
He chooses to keep his private life just that, private, and his wife and two children rarely attend races.
This has led to complaints of the German being boring with former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone even going as far to say it is why Lewis Hamilton makes for a better World Champion than his fellow four-time champion.
The Brit added: “Sebastian is also not doing much for F1. People hardly recognise him on the street.”
Vettel, though, has no intention of changing.
Speaking to the Guardian, he said: “Obviously F1 is a big part of my life but it is not the most important thing. They are linked, but it is important there is a lot of time where it doesn’t define who I am.
“I don’t feel special because of what I do for a job. I am a lot of other things as well. It doesn’t define me as a person. It is not who I am, it is what I do.
“I am happy to do things that people think are boring but for me they are not. Being at home, mowing the lawn. I cook – not so good, but from time to time.
“I do the school run, I go shopping, I take the metro and the bus. I think it’s just normal to be normal.
“I am sportsman, I am not celebrity. So when I go somewhere and somebody recognises me I think they are interested in sport and not in how I do my hair, or which shoes I am wearing or that bollocks.”
The German also weighed in on his rivalry with Hamilton, which sees both drivers fighting for their fifth World title this season.
Vettel leads the race by eight points.
“It is something you want, you want to be in close rivalry,” he says. “You want to be in a position so you can fight for victory, that is the ultimate satisfaction, of course it is more intense when it is closer.”
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