Mario is undoubtedly an icon, and it seems that plenty of people are willing to dress up as the mustachioed plumber — and sometimes his brother — for a bit of extra attention; let's not forget that we did just that recently. But still, when Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel dresses up as the famous mascot and rides a rickety soapbox racer down a 500m track, it does take the character and his popular Mario Kart series to a new level.

Vettel was part of the jury at a soapbox derby in the western German town of Herten, perhaps not surprising as the event was sponsored by Red Bull — the team he races for in Formula One. Perhaps after being asked nicely by Nintendo, the champion driver dressed up in a Mario outfit — though he shunned the accompanying mustache — and took off down the track in a themed car. The fact that its wings came off on the way down suggests that it wouldn't handle too many hits from red shells — Vettel's rivals would certainly have a better chance of overhauling his lead in this year's championship if Nintendo built his car.

It's a fun video though, showing that no-one is above putting on an embarrassing onesie in the name of entertainment.

[via guardian.co.uk]