Sebastian Vettel halted the post-race party in India to help the mechanics pack-up it has been revealed.
Fresh off claiming his fourth straight world title, the German and the rest of his Red Bull team celebrated until the early hours in New Delhi's Radisson hotel, but only after he and the mechanics had everything packed for the trip to Abu Dhabi.
Auto Sport und Motor correspondent Tobias Gruner went to the Red Bull garage post-race to congratulate his countryman on his achievement but when he got there he was in for a surprise.
"Unfortunately I can't shake your hand," Vettel reportedly told Gruner, "because mine are completely dirty!"
A Red Bull mechanic told the Independent newspaper: "I really wish people could see this side of the guy."
While some are on a mission to increase the popularity of the 26-year-old, the issue most fans have with Vettel is not his personality, but the constant comparisons to the sport's greatest drivers.
Vettel is now tied third on the list of most successful drivers with four world titles, three behind Michael Schumacher, one behind Juan Manuel Fangio and level with Alain Prost.
Indeed now the German is ahead of whom many see as the greatest driver of all-time Ayrton Senna, however, it's the domination of the Red Bull car that has many questioning Vettel's ability.
Asked if he has only won four titles because Adrian Newey outpaces the rest of the field, Bernie Ecclestone answered: "I don't think so.
"Actually, if anything it's the opposite. Although it's undeniable that the machine has a big role in Formula One," he is quoted by Repubblica newspaper.
Red Bull reserve Sebastien Buemi told O Estada de S.Paulo that it is Vettel's work ethic that puts him ahead of the rest.
"When he wins a race, the next day he's already at the factory, working on the simulator for the next race," said the Swiss.
"It's not true that he wins just because he has a great car. If the image of the car was the one Mark (Webber) gave it, it definitely wouldn't be the same," added Buemi.
One man who can draw a direct comparison between Vettel and Senna is Toro Rosso's technical chief Gorgio Ascanelli, the Italian was at the team when Vettel raced for them in 2008 and was race engineer to the legendary Brazilian.
"Sebastian reminds me of Ayrton (Senna)," he said.
"He (Vettel) lives to be a driver. Like Senna, he also hates to lose. He was designed to win. Any other outcome means nothing," Ascanelli added.
Red Bull's motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko told Der Spiegel: "In Formula BMW, Sebastian won 18 of the 20 races, but the only thing he thought about was why he didn't win those two races."
With ten race wins to his name and six-in-a-row this season Vettel's career tally is now 36, and the head of Germany's motorsport federation ADAC, Hans-Joachim Stuck, believes the German can reach Schumacher's record of 91.
"I think he can get 15 titles as well. Why not?" Stuck told Austrian Servus TV.
"He is still incredibly young, so it's easily possible."
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