It was quite unusual to see Sebastian Vettel in red colors. But good news: he is still the most friendly driver in the F1 paddock. He had really fun to sign Ferrari pictures, although he does not sign as much as in the past. But still very satisfying.
Kimi was like always. He signed one photograph per meeting, but it was really tough to meet and get him.
All in all it was tough to collect autographs at Monaco this year. There are more and more professional collectors who make the drivers angry. They are not experienced without any good behavior. So it is normal that difficult drivers behave stressed and unlikely…
Sebastian Vettel: All the time Sebastian was surrounded by his fans when he was on his way from the Red Bull hospitality to the pit lane. He tried to write many autographs, but it was very difficult because of the hectic around and because of the bodyguards. When he was able to sign his signature was ugly.
50th anniversary of Kartclub Kerpen with Michael and Sebastian Vettel
Both, Michael and Sebastian, were close to the fans. So it was possible to collect a lot of great autographs. Michael wrote autographs in many different situations. Sebastian wrote even more always trying to fulfill every autographs wish. At the end of the day I had more Michael autographs as usual.
Directly after leaving Kerpen, I travelled to Spa in Belgium. F1.
Since its inception in 1950 there have been 735 driver entries in formula one races, with 104 (14.1%) different racers winning a race. When Pastor Maldonando won the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix he became the 104th different driver to win a race, which meant that I had to get his autograph.
Every year the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco is the amazing Highlight of the season. It is like a paradise, where you can collect autographs. There are many opportunities to meet the stars. E.g. at the charity soccer match, around the many yachts in the harbor, at the Hugo Boss-Party or at a prêt-a-porter. There is always something an amazement!
There is no doubt that getting an autograph in person from a favourite driver is a thrill. If the driver signs willingly with a smile and a bit of conversation then the occasion becomes especially memorable (well, for you, not necessarily the driver!)
Michael Schumacher: He was very relaxed. Wrote comparatively much, but still hard to collect. One has to know where he is staying at which time. One evening he was playing poker with Kubica, Heidfeld, Fisichella, Rosberg, Briatore and Ecclestone. He finished the game at 1 o’clock in the morning. Then we got the nicest signatures ever.
Lewis Hamilton has become the most arrogant person inside the F1 paddock. He did not sign photographs at all, especially large ones. He ignored them at any time. He only did sign a few programmes, papers and other fan stuff. There was no chance to get an photograph signed at all.