Two-time defending Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel appeared on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman Monday night as part of an F1 media blitz.

Vettel, 24, talked to Letterman about the racing karts as a kid, as well as some surprisingly technical nuts and bolts about Formula One cars. Vettel, of course, drives for Red Bull Racing and is becoming an increasingly important spokesman for Infiniti, who have even awarded the driver with his own model.

Of course, Letterman is no stranger to racing. He is part owner of the IndyCar team Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, which has claimed 22 victories, 31 pole positions and 2 series championships. Thus, it's probably a bit unsurprising that the late night icon repeatedly pestered Vettel about getting F1 racing to Indianapolis.

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      re037
      • 2 Years Ago
      hes 24, dresses just like any other 24 yr old i know...
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @re037
        Right? As a twenty something myself, yeah, he could have dressed a little nicer, but it's not like he's in a tank with skinny jeans and a fitted hat. Since when did a plaid button up and jeans get people so offended? And I'm sure his "American" look helped prevent any disconnection he might have gotten from the viewers if he had a more "Euro savvy" look to him.
      ihatemacs9
      • 2 Years Ago
      Letterman knows his audience and in a light-hearted way is trying to "dumb down" F1. He's an Indy guy so he's got some basic understanding but he's making it accessible to the average joe while keeping it upbeat and eccentric. Leno would've just rambled on and on about without a care for the audience. Letterman is playing to his audience which is what an entertainer does. A popular singer plays an encore and fan favorites because the thats what the audience wants and s/he is loved for it. Who says a comedian can't play the same game?
      Reuben
      • 2 Years Ago
      Vettel showed all the personality of a turnip...and showing up dressed like a homeless teen, should've embarrassed the entire Red Bull organization.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      You go on Letterman and the best outfit you can muster is ratty jeans and Elmer Fudd's shirt? I know that we've largely gotten rid of the idea of dressing classy for just about any occasion but really? I'll be happy when this "I'm a cool, hip rebel because I look like a hobo" fad is over.
        FSLIV
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        OMG I so agree. He looks like a hillbilly!!!
      Nowuries
      • 2 Years Ago
      Letterman is a freaking idiot and embarrasses me as a fellow American. He interrupted Vettel continuously, he is clueless about F1 and even electric vehicles, and he isn't even funny. My only complaint about Vettel is he should dress like a champion; he looked pretty unkempt.
        J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nowuries
        I agreed about Letterman, very unprofessional of him to keep speaking over Vettel like that. I'm pretty sure Vettel's "unkempt" look was probably Letterman's wardrobe people trying to make him "americanized" looking so people who were watching would not flip the channel.
        Grant
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nowuries
        You do realize that Letterman OWNS an Indy car team. He knows what he's talking about but was trying to get Seb to explain the different technologies to the audience.
          kmrk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grant
          Letterman is clearly a "car guy". You don't have to like his show but he does know his cars. Vettel was an interesting choice as a guest and I presume Letterman's car interests didn't hurt that decision. How many American's really follow F1? PS His show is great. IMHO
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nowuries
        Shouldn't he be banging his assistants?
        henryhbk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nowuries
        Since he owns an Indy team, he has plenty of knowledge, but if he just asked "do you like or dislike KERS" the audience would be clueless since F1 is not widely watched here in the US. By "bumbling" the names he gets it to be an approachable subject for the audience.
      barkeep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugh, that was brutal on how Letterman just kept cutting him off. At least least Vettel was a good sport throughout the whole interview, AND possibly gained more exposure for F1 and himself being on American national TV.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn't realize how intolerable David Letterman is.
      Adam Springer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Worst. Interview. Ever. Thanks Letterman.
      FSLIV
      • 2 Years Ago
      By looking a Vettel, you would swear F1 was Nascar!! LMAO
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn't see anything wrong with the interview, really, i mean it was all in good fun, and they talked about some cool stuff. Letterman may have cut him off a few times but that's just him, he does that with everybody.
      tooltym
      • 2 Years Ago
      Letterman = rude insufferable putz Vellel = classy brilliant champion It's too bad they (F1) stooped so low as to subject Sebastian to Letterman's unfunny, unbearable barrage of stupid questions. Letterman knows as much about F1 racing as Mitt Romney knows about running a backhoe.
      GoonerYoda
      • 2 Years Ago
      Screw Indy. F1 at Laguna Seca
        themanwithsauce
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GoonerYoda
        Cars ride too low, can't do laguna.
          Georg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @themanwithsauce
          thats why Ferrari catched the laprecord with a old F1 lately at Laguna ;)
          Aaron C
          • 2 Years Ago
          @themanwithsauce
          I would check your source on that one, and maybe a few dozen others, cause f1 cars are more than capable to run at luguna. F1 cars run there all the time for different events. If you had sought out the actual answer to why there not running at laguna you would know it has nothing to do with how low the cars are. And that laguna was seriosly considered for being the next f1 U.S track again, but it lost out to the other venues for many reasons, none of wich being the cars are to low.
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