Vettel swears on Letterman [videos]

Drives New Jersey circuit

Sebastian Vettel's appearance on an iconic American talkshow went awry this week when David Letterman started talking about 'DRS'.

Letterman, the Indianapolis-born motor racing fan and Indycar team co-owner, began talking to the 24-year-old German and his 'Late Show' audience about F1's drag-reduction system.

"Complicated stuff," Vettel smirked as he explained the mechanics of the rear-wing overtaking flap.

Letterman then turned the conversation to the 'DRS' zones on the circuit, and the system's activation.

Vettel intervened: "Now you make it really complicated," he grinned. "The people here have no f***ing idea what you're talking about."

Producers not only had to bleep the swear word, Vettel's mouth was also blurred.

Realising his mistake, the Red Bull driver put his hand over his mouth and smiled: "Sorry."

But he let slip yet again when Letterman asked about New Jersey's 2013 street layout, which Vettel had sampled in an Infiniti road car earlier on Monday.

"It (the layout) looks very quick. You need some big balls I think," he grinned again, gesticulating towards his jeans.

When Vettel began speaking again, Letterman joked: "Just don't do that again, alright?

"I'm just glad Oprah doesn't have a show ..."

Published Jun 12, 2012 10:10 am
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Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel made Formula One history today by becoming the first F1 driver to sample the recently announced Grand Prix Circuit in New Jersey.

Following an inspired performance in the Canadian Grand Prix yesterday, the Red Bull Racing star and Infiniti Global Brand Ambassador drove the street circuit in an Infiniti IPL G Coupe road car ahead of the highly anticipated Grand Prix of America, due to take place in 2013.

Vettel was joined by former Grand Prix winner David Coulthard as the pair completed a number of passenger rides against the iconic Manhattan skyline, set to be a major feature of the race next year.

Leo Hindery, Race Promoter and Keith St. Clair, Director-Infiniti USA Marketing Communications and Media joined Sebastian for a press conference following the demonstration drives.

Commenting on the event, Sebastian Vettel said: "It's been fantastic to be the first to drive the new circuit. I was able to get some good speed up in the Infiniti and it's clear that it is going to be a big challenge in a Formula One car. With such a great setting too, I can't wait to get back here and race in 2013."

Leo Hindery added: "Sebastian got a taste of what racing around the Port Imperial course will be like at 200 miles an hour. We can't wait to host him and the world's other elite drivers with the world's greatest city in the background."


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I gotta say it was a great interview.
Jun 13, 2012 7:41 pm
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Even though Vettel is in his young 20s, as an F1 driver you are surrounded by high-class people all the time. The interview felt like the two lived on completely different planets.
Jun 13, 2012 8:23 am
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"High class" like Bernie Ecclestone, Flavio Briatore, rappers or nouveau rich Russians and Arabs ? Those are not high class, they are just rich.
Jun 13, 2012 10:48 am
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Amen. David Letterman still runs the BMW M3 E92 GT2 race team with Rahal, hes more than just a race fan, but Vettel knew that i think he didnt want to intrude on Lettermans personal passion on TV being his first interview with him.
Jun 13, 2012 7:40 pm
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I think a little self restraint is appropriate. F1 has a terrible reputation (or no reputation) in the US and I don't think this will help them.
Jun 13, 2012 7:53 am
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He's used to giving interviews in Europe, we have freedom of speech here. Besides, isn't Letterman past the bedtime of children ?
Jun 13, 2012 8:00 am
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Ohhh no, he talks like a man LOL.
Jun 13, 2012 1:28 am
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Ceramic Rabbit
Letterman sucks, I don't even watch the show but that was the worst conducted interview I've ever seen. Vettel was funnier than the freaking host.
Jun 12, 2012 10:22 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NDPT0Ph5rA HANG THEM ALL!!!!!
Jun 12, 2012 12:45 pm
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