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#1 SophieB

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 10:24

"Since I had more time than I had actually planned, I thought about what I could do and what interested me," Aston Martin driver Vettel explained, revealing that he moved to learn more practical farming skills.

"That's what interests me. At some point you realise that not every vegetable is the same, not every apple has the same nutrients, and then you ask why.
"Then you realise very quickly where the apple comes from and how it is grown - and that's how the doors opened for me.
"The theory interests me and I read about it a lot. But to learn more from the practical side and talk to the people who deal with it on a day-to-day basis, that was very interesting."

 

 

https://www.motorspo...arming/6148774/

 

He is an interesting guy. I think this is great, although presumably as it's an organic farm, he wouldn't have been using any F1 seeds which seems a miss on behalf of fate. Feel free to use this thread to talk about Vettel's lockdown experience and other drivers' side projects.



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#2 Risil

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 10:25

I'm so delighted by this story I'm not going to post all the other parallels I see between Vettel and Jody Scheckter.



#3 SophieB

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 10:32

There are so many... 

 

Perhaps they could team up in some way! Jody Scheckter products still seem to be doing well, I used to buy them from an online supermarket for ages before I realised who was behind Laverstoke Park. They do a good Mozzerella.



#4 Muppetmad

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 10:39

I'm glad to see drivers feel able to have a life outside F1. In a world which increasingly views sacrifice not only as a virtue, but a necessity to succeed in life, it is heartening to see those who have achieved success acknowledge that there is more to life than work.



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Posted 08 April 2021 - 10:43

I'm so delighted by this story I'm not going to post all the other parallels I see between Vettel and Jody Scheckter.

If you listen to the Beyond the grid podcast featuring Vettel, he was very impressed with Jody. I got the impression that he views him as a kind of mentor in the farming industry.



#6 JHSingo

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 10:46

Well, good for him I suppose, but I can't help but be reminded of those "Pointless Press Release(s) of the Week" on Midweek Motorsport...  :lol:  



#7 messy

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 10:56

I like Seb, which is what makes it hard to swallow how badly he's doing these days. I think he's an interesting guy who, when he does retire from F1, will probably be quite happy. I don't think he'll do a Rosberg and make all kinds of noises about a life away from F1 then spend his entire retirement involved with F1. I don't think we'll see him for dust.

#8 absinthedude

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 10:56

Vettel comes across as one of those drivers who has healthy interests outside of F1...and who will probably be able to settle into retirement from F1 without feeling the need for a comeback or to race touring cars in his 50s. He's a known fan of Monty Python and of The Beatles, and now he's learned about organic farming. There are a number of interesting facets to Seb. Maybe in the distant future when Seb does retire from active duty, he'll consider joining Jody who will likely be ready to retire from the farming business himself.

 

I don't think it's pointless. It's good to know that these guys aren't all racing, sports nutrition and training. Lewis has his activism and music. Seb can now add farming and gardening to his interests. Some of the drivers come across as more one-dimensional. Seb, whatever his troubles on the track, isn't one dimensional. One of the guys on the grid I'd like a pint with. 



#9 PlayboyRacer

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 11:02

Good on him. If an individual is doing what makes them happy and at peace, all the more power to them.

#10 Spillage

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 11:13

Vettel is an interesting man who does appear to have a great deal of interests outside of motor racing. I wouldn't be surprised to see him jack it in pretty soon for that reason.

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 11:15

Seb from 43:05 min. Only in German available.

 


Edited by WouterF1, 08 April 2021 - 11:18.


#12 jjcale

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 11:27

SV used to come across as obsessed with F1 - he studied the history, he knew all the trivia...

 

Fans: Yay! the WDC is one of us.... He truly loves F1 with all his heart!

 

 

SV now seems to have fallen out of love with F1 and expresses a desire to move on to a productive and happy life after he hangs up his racing gloves.

 

Same Fans: Yay!  He truly loves F1, but not with all his heart.... What a mature and well balance chap.

 

 

I think whatever SV says or does, the vast majority of us will approve of it - as he seems a genuine and very nice guy ... when he is not driving. 


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#13 jcbc3

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 11:30

 other drivers' side projects.

 

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was into rugs. http://www.xn--zb0b2...ulture/hh-1.htm

 

(and looking it up, I realized he and I share birthdays 2 years removed)



#14 Ivanhoe

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 11:41

We also had Slim Borgudd who was drummer for ABBA as a side project.

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#15 Singularity

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 11:44

I think that is where he'll be heading after retiring from F1. I will refrain from jokes indicating that he has already started to adjust his speed to that of farming vehicles.



#16 krapmeister

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 11:50

I think that is where he'll be heading after retiring from F1. I will refrain from jokes indicating that he has already started to adjust his speed to that of farming vehicles.

 

Well he did drive for Ferrari...



#17 RedRabbit

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 11:53

If anyone remembers that Jarno Trulli chap, he ventured into wine farming after F1.

Interestingly, Jody Scheckter actually made most of his money as a manufacturer of security products I believe, before the organic farming bit.



#18 P123

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 12:14

Sounds better than esports. :)



#19 TomNokoe

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 12:41

Glad to see his hair transplant is coming along well

(Genuinely)

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#20 Taxi

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 13:00

Organic cucumbers then. 



#21 Risil

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 13:01

If anyone remembers that Jarno Trulli chap, he ventured into wine farming after F1.

 

He does a really nice Salice Salentino in the £5-10 price bracket.



#22 masa90

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 13:13

Good on him. Vettel seems to be really likeable outside the track. On track while he was an amazing driver he tended to get in to controversial situations.



#23 GlenWatkins

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 13:21

All Seb needs now is a tie dyed fire suit and a grateful dead sticker on the back of his Aston Martin

#24 SenorSjon

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 13:36

He could have invested the time in spatial awareness training.

 

Or how to sit comfy in a Pink-Mercedes-Turned-Aston-Martin.



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Posted 08 April 2021 - 13:36

Never really liked Seb in his youth - Red Bull - Index finger etc BUT I have grown to like him very much over the past few years.  He is a very intelligent man, very private. Apart from Organic farming (good for him) he likes Monty Python and the history of our sport so that makes him OK in my book :up:

 

By the way Riccardo Patrese was, and presumably still is, passionate about Model Railways

Elio de Angleis, I believe, could play the piano to concert standard


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#26 absinthedude

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 14:15

Elio was indeed a concert pianist.

 

I think Jody Sheckter had a firearms training company in the USA, and made more money than he ever made racing. He deliberately wanted to move to an area where he wasn't going to be recognised and into a sphere where people weren't going to know who he was. Years later when he came back to the UK he did attend a couple of classic F1 events, even sat in the 1977 Wolf and said he could feel the burning desire to race coming back...so he stepped away again. Strong man. 

 

I guess Paolo Barilla ended up running the family Pasta empire but it wasn't necessarily his big interest. 



#27 DeKnyff

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 14:26

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And how could we forget sheep farmer Jim Clark?



#28 Risil

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 14:28

Is that a Ewe-tus or a BR-Ram.



#29 Jon83

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 14:34

He could have invested the time in spatial awareness training.

 

Or how to sit comfy in a Pink-Mercedes-Turned-Aston-Martin.

I'm sure there are plenty of other threads that you can take cheap shots like that at him on, to be fair.



#30 cpbell

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 14:57

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And how could we forget sheep farmer Jim Clark?

Supposedly, he was at a ram sale a week after winning the Indy 500.



#31 PlatenGlass

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 15:04

We also had Slim Borgudd who was drummer for ABBA as a side project.
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It might have been motor racing that was the side project.

#32 ensign14

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 15:04

Sounds like deliberate dissociation from the genetic consequences of breeding a red bull.



#33 Afterburner

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 16:35

Sounds like deliberate dissociation from the genetic consequences of breeding a red bull.

Brown and red coats in bulls are represented by the alleles B and b, respectively, where brown is incompletely dominant to red such that the heterozygote is Mission Winnow burgundy 25% of the time. If a brown bull is crossed with a red one and then the F1's are crossed, what proportion of the F2 (if any) are red?

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 16:40

I believe that Jim Clark's gravestone reads "Sheep Farmer"....and underneath in smaller letters "and motor racing champion"

 

Slim Borgudd is an interesting fellow. He was mostly a jazz drummer and at some point did some work with Bjorn of ABBA in a folk group. Bjorn later hired him to do session work for some ABBA tracks. Slim has stated that the drum parts he played were all so similar and basic that he has no idea if he played on any ABBA hits or not. I don't think he turned to racing until he was well into his late twenties and established as a drummer. He was a pretty handy racing driver too, scored a point in his brief F1 career (on very unfancied Avon tyres if memory serves) and was still racing touring cars into his 50s. Really he had two careers, it's difficult to see either one as a hobby. 


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#35 cpbell

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 16:57

Brown and red coats in bulls are represented by the alleles B and b, respectively, where brown is incompletely dominant to red such that the heterozygote is Mission Winnow burgundy 25% of the time. If a brown bull is crossed with a red one and then the F1's are crossed, what proportion of the F2 (if any) are red?

You must be a biologist! :clap: :smoking:



#36 ray b

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 17:24

good luck cross breeding bulls

 

I think there needs to be a COW in there



#37 Tim Murray

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 17:33

I believe that Jim Clark's gravestone reads "Sheep Farmer"....and underneath in smaller letters "and motor racing champion"


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#38 HeadFirst

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 17:34

Love reading about stuff like this, and think F1 could do more to show the human side of the drivers. The FIS does this really well ... I particularly enjoyed finding out that the current women's slalom champ plays the harp, and a former women's downhill Olympic gold medalist is a fighter pilot in the Swiss air force. Btw, Farmer Seb has a nice ring to it.  :clap:



#39 Nigol

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 17:43

Yooo he’s not bald anymore 



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#40 MotorsportChat

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 18:54

This and the fact he loves old school British comedy are why I will always like Vettel - irrespective of F1.



#41 noikeee

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 19:42

I remember him saying he was into organic farming in the Beyond the Grid podcast, don't quite remember when was his appearance but it might've been already before the pandemic.



#42 ensign14

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 20:11

I believe that Jim Clark's gravestone reads "Sheep Farmer"....and underneath in smaller letters "and motor racing champion"

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#43 TecnoRacing

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 23:33

Re: Jim Clark and his sheep...

If you haven't seen this already it's a good watch:

 

@10:25



#44 flingsofdeon

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 00:25

Wonder why Ferrari thought Leclerc was the better bet to target their next generation of Ferrari customers 🤔

#45 Afterburner

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 00:26

Re: Jim Clark and his sheep...
If you haven't seen this already it's a good watch:

@10:25

Thanks for sharing! Love this show. :up:

#46 ARTGP

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 00:36

Wonder why Ferrari thought Leclerc was the better bet to target their next generation of Ferrari customers 🤔


Leclercs driving is the main factor to his current employment in my view.

Edited by ARTGP, 09 April 2021 - 00:37.


#47 flingsofdeon

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 00:52

Consistent delivery on track is obviously a prerequisite for a top team - but watching how Charles utilised the platform of gaming to engage with fans - requesting gamers / Ferrari fans to jump into his game lobby to race him and keep him sharp, voluntarily/authentically is something that future sports marketers will look back on, as well as Lando spearheading the virtual GP’s as pivotal for the future engagement and commercialisation of the sport as a whole. That compared to older drivers - who were elsewhere, not supporting their sport or employers’ commercial partners’ interests in that time.

Edited by flingsofdeon, 09 April 2021 - 00:54.


#48 Gary Davies

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 01:02

A 76 word sentence.   :clap:  Is that an RC record?



#49 flingsofdeon

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 01:04

A 76 word sentence. :clap: Is that an RC record?


WITH an edit. Impressive.

#50 jjcale

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 02:12

 

This is from a channel called "Out of Context F1"

 

Sebastian Vettel was in attendance at the #BioBienenApfel event on 7th April 2021 as an ambassador to help stabalize the bee population and increase it naturally. This clip is just a small section of the live stream where Seb shows us how a bee pollinates a flower(?).