Sebastian Vettel treated himself to a very special lap of honor for his 35th birthday. Shortly before his start in the Formula 1 race at Silverstone, the Hessian drove the 30-year-old racing car of ex-world champion Nigel Mansell around the track on Sunday.
“I was pretty excited. Then the car kept yelling at me: Go faster, you can do it,” Vettel told the Sky TV channel. Mansell, 68, watched the laps from the pit wall.
In 1992, the Brit won the world championship title and also the Grand Prix at Silverstone in the car. Vettel bought the car a few years ago. “I’m a huge fan of the car and the time,” said the Aston Martin driver.
Vettel had fueled the racing car with a CO2-neutral mixture of biofuel and e-fuels. The four-time world champion has been publicly committed to protecting the climate and the environment for some time.
Vettel also received a special present from his family for the Sunday of the race. As a surprise, his three children painted and labeled the Heppenheimer’s helmet, including the words “so much love”.