Sebastian will pay tribute to Japan and its people with his helmet design for this weekend’s grand prix in Suzuka.
The symbol on top means ‘kizuna’, which as Vettel explains: “Means bond of friendship; it was putting people together when they had the earthquake and weeks after. Just trying to make people stick together and support each other.”
Sebastian was speaking at the Thursday press conference in Suzuka where talk eventually and inevitably turned to the single point he needs to retain his world title. But for Seb, it is (as ever) business as usual.
He said: “Most people talk about that and for them it is over, but even if it’s one point, we need to make sure we get it. If someone feels to do me a favour he can push Jenson down the stairs later on. That would help! I am looking forward to the race here more so than anything else as this is a special track, very challenging. We have had a tremendous run the last two years so we try to do similar to that and hopefully we will have a good weekend.”
Mark Webber was runner-up here last year at what he also deemed “a good challenge”, and would dearly love to secure a maiden 2011 victory in Suzuka: “It would be special to win here, it’s a special track up there with Spa and Monaco. It’s always nice to drive the car here. If you pick tracks you’d like to win at then Suzuka is right up there – it’s a classic.”
Whatever happens, come Monday Sebastian will be traveling to Yokohama to visit the global headquarters of our team partner Infiniti. Vettel will go with Christian and Adrian to meet employees and members of the public. For more, check out the Infiniti website