• Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel appears alongside Hollywood actress and martial artist Celina Jade at a Shanghai film studios, China, for the making of car brand Infiniti's martial arts short film, 'Kung Fu Vettel: Drive of the Dragon'. The film is the first in a series of virals from Infiniti to launch their Inspired Performers campaign on 11th April 2012. Photo by Victor Fraile / The Power of Sport Images for Infiniti
  • Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel appears alongside Hollywood actress and martial artist Celina Jade at a Shanghai film studios, China, for the making of car brand Infiniti's martial arts short film, 'Kung Fu Vettel: Drive of the Dragon'. The film is the first in a series of virals from Infiniti to launch their Inspired Performers campaign on 11th April 2012. Photo by Victor Fraile / The Power of Sport Images for Infiniti
  • Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel appears alongside Hollywood actress and martial artist Celina Jade at a Shanghai film studios, China, for the making of car brand Infiniti's martial arts short film, 'Kung Fu Vettel: Drive of the Dragon'. The film is the first in a series of virals from Infiniti to launch their Inspired Performers campaign on 11th April 2012. Photo by Victor Fraile / The Power of Sport Images for Prism/Infiniti
  • Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel Stars in Martial Arts Film Alongside Kung Fu Actress Celina Jade.
  • Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel Stars in Martial Arts Film Alongside Kung Fu Actress Celina Jade.
There's no doubting the driving talents of one Sebastian Vettel. He won his first grand prix when he was still with backmarker team Scuderia Toro Rosso, and went on to win back-to-back World Championship titles for Red Bull Racing. Heck, he's even taken the Nations Cup at the Race of Champions with Michael Schumacher for the last five years running now. You might even call his skills the stuff of super heroes. But if it came down a bar fight, the grinning whiz kid wouldn't exactly inspire fear. (Not like Adrian Sutil would, anyway.) But his latest collaboration might stand to change that.

While in China for this coming weekend's grand prix, the reigning World Champion met up with action star Celina Jade for a little kung fu lesson. They even shot a short film called Kung Fu Vettel: Drive of the Dragon that's set to be released next month. And then they headed to the track so Vettel could return the favor.

The crossover is the first in a series of promotional events under the "Inspired Performers" banner, orchestrated by sponsor Infiniti. What any of this has to do with luxury automobiles is beyond us, but it made for a decent photo and video op, as you can see from the gallery above and the video teaser after the jump.


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Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel Stars in Martial Arts Film Alongside Kung Fu Actress Celina Jade

April 11, 2012
Shanghai, China

Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel started his Chinese Grand Prix weekend in unusual fashion today, starring in a martial arts short film alongside Hollywood actress, model and martial arts expert, Celina Jade. Filming at a studio just outside Shanghai, Vettel learned a series of Kung Fu moves from Celina, who can be seen in the upcoming Universal Pictures film 'Man with the Iron Fists', before taking to the nearby Tianma circuit where they swapped roles and he taught her performance driving skills aboard an Infiniti G Coupe.

The short film
'Kung Fu Vettel: Drive of the Dragon'
- guaranteed to show the double world champion as he's never been seen before - is set for release in early May. It is the first of Infiniti's new 'Inspired Performers' series which will see Vettel and Red Bull Racing team mate Mark Webber swapping skills with other like-minded inspired performers who are leaders in their respective fields.

Commenting on the event, Vettel said: "Well that was the first time I've acted in a martial arts movie and it was great fun. It was something totally new for me which was good as I always like new challenges and experiences. I learned that just like with driving, you need balance, control and technique to be good at Kung Fu, but I think I'll still stick to my usual kind of fighting on track on Sunday!"


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