Formula 1 star Sebastian Vettel reveals childhood bullies smashed his karting trophies up on way to motorsport glory | The Sun

FORMER F1 champ Sebastian Vettel has revealed bullies used to SMASH his motorsport trophies when he was a kid.

Like most of his fellow drivers, Vettel began his journey to F1 on the karting scene – where he well and truly flourished.


The German won trophies galore as he progressed up the ranks and honed the skills that would eventually take him to the peak of motorsport.

But bullies were far from impressed by his achievements – so much so that they destroyed one of the trophies he proudly brought to school.

Footage of an eleven-year-old Vettel making the heartbreaking admission during an interview on German TV started doing the rounds on social media earlier this week.

The fresh-faced Vettel said: "Once I took a trophy to school, but they destroyed it immediately and called me a show-off."

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Vettel, however, would ultimately have the last laugh as his triumphs on the track would lay the foundations for him to become an F1 legend.

The 35-year-old is joint fourth in the Drivers Championship standings with four world titles to his name – which he won with Red Bull.

Vettel is now currently plying his trade with Aston Martin, although his future with the outfit is uncertain.

The former champ has one year left on his contract with the British team but recently hinted that retirement could be on the cards.

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He said: "I don't want to fight for the points, but for the victory. Otherwise, the fun is gone for me.

"In the coming weeks, in consultation with my family, I will be clear about how realistic my goals are.

"And about how much energy I still have to grow with the team."

The F1 season will resume a week on Sunday with the French Grand Prix at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

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