Sebastian Vettel hopes the best is still to come
Sebastien Vettel is hoping at the age of 26 his life and career have not peaked.
For the first time since winning his fourth consecutive Formula One world title at the end of last month, Vettel returned to the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes to thank all those behind the scenes who have played their part in helping him achieve the feat.
Vettel's arrival, after spending the last two weeks on the road in India and Abu Dhabi, was delayed by almost half an hour due to fog at a nearby private airport.
It is arguably the only time this year the 26-year-old has been held up given his level of domination, a word he has revealed he hates as "it makes things sound easy".
That is despite his runaway success since the summer break, equalling Michael Schumacher's record last Sunday for consecutive wins in one season with seven.
But there is a strangely genuine concern for the German as to whether this is as good as it gets.
Taking an introspective look at himself, Vettel was asked as to what makes him stand out, to which he replied: "I'm not thinking I stand out.
"I'm not completely aware of what it means, the achievements over the last couple of years, and I'm happy not to be aware.
"When I was a child that was the dream, and it's just a dream to be in Formula One. To be as successful, of course I take it, and it makes me very, very proud.
"But every race is a new challenge, so I'm not lacking any motivation because I know how hard it is to deliver every single time inside the car, to do everything right."