Formula 1 superstar Sebastian Vettel meets his Singapore fans – and races them in a 'mini GP'

Formula 1 superstar Sebastian Vettel meets his Singapore fans – and races them in a 'mini GP'

In this edition of CNA Lifestyle Experiences, five of our Facebook followers won the opportunity to hang with the four-time champ ahead of the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix.

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Formula 1 star Sebastian Vettel with his fans. (Photo: Ealbert Ho)

SINGAPORE: When Muhammad Salihin Bin Masnor found out he had won the opportunity, as a lucky CNA Lifestyle Facebook follower, to meet four-time Formula 1 world racing champion Sebastian Vettel in the flesh, he immediately called his father.

“I told him I’m flying home from Phnom Penh for this, and that he was going to be my plus-one!” said the Temasek Polytechnic student, who is currently based in Cambodia for an internship.

“I cannot believe that I got a chance to meet, chat and take a photo with my F1 hero. I’ve been a fan of Sebastian ever since my father introduced me to F1!”

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Sebastian Vettel in the hot seat at the Shell Mini Grand Prix. (Photo: Ealbert Ho)

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CNA Lifestyle Experiences winner Muhammad Salihin Bin Masnor (left) flew back from Cambodia where he's currently based, to meet his F1 hero. And he brought his father along. (Photo: Ealbert Ho)

As part of CNA Lifestyle Experiences, a series of exclusive events for CNA Lifestyle Facebook fans, Salihin – along with fellow contest winners Fan Peiyi, Khairunnishah Hambali, Nadia Goh and Jeyakanthan Vijay – had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with the 31-year-old Scuderia Ferrari German motorsports star ahead of the big Singapore GP race on Sunday (Sep 16).

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(Photo: Ealbert Ho)

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Sebastian Vettel (centre) with his game face on. (Photo: Ealbert Ho)

The five winners and their invited guests spent their Thursday afternoon (Sep 13) mingling and chatting with Vettel, taking photos, getting hugs and even passing him gifts.

It was the perfect opportunity to ask Vettel some burning questions, like Peiyi’s query about the story behind his lucky coin.

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(Photo: Ealbert Ho)

“I have two coins, actually. I got them from my grandmother from a long time ago,” he said. 

“Since I can remember, I’ve always had them with me, normally in my pocket, but then race suits got rid of pockets because of weight reasons. So I had to store them somewhere else and the only other place was the shoe.”

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(Photo: Ealbert Ho)

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On your mark... (Photo: Ealbert Ho)

Peiyi and Khairunnishah were selected, along with three other fans hosted by Shell, brand partner of Scuderia Ferrari, to go head to head with Vettel in a special remote control car race titled Shell Mini Grand Prix.

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Fan Peiyi (left) and friend with the man himself. (Photo: Ealbert Ho)

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Khairunnishah Hambali (right) and her guest flanking Sebastian Vettel. (Photo: Ealbert Ho)

Vettel is the main challenger for the world title to Britain's Lewis Hamilton, and winning here in at the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix could prove to be the game-changer for this season.

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Nadia Goh (left) and her sister Hidayah with Vettel. (Photo: Ealbert Ho)

“Singapore’s been a very, very good place for me,” he told CNA Lifestyle with a smile. “I’ve won a couple of times, so yeah, we’re back!”

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Jeyakanthan Vijay (right) and his event guest with Vettel. (Photo: Ealbert Ho)

Indeed, Singapore and its night race hold a special place in Vettel’s heart. After all, he has quite an impressive record here. Since it began in 2008, Vettel has won at the circuit four times – in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 – the most among his rivals.

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(Photo: Ealbert Ho)

“Singapore, in particular the toughest race in the calendar, because it’s very humid… the track is very bumpy, very twisty and there’s a lot of corners,” Vettel admitted to CNA Lifestyle. 

“Even though it’s tough, I like coming here. It’s one of my favourite races!”

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It's not quite a street race but it's good enough for Ferrari's Vettel. (Photo: Ealbert Ho)

This edition of CNA Lifestyle Experiences was made possible by Shell V-Power Nitro+.

Source: CNA/gl

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