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Weirdness: Formula One Champion Sebastian Vettel Channels His Inner Mario

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

His car doesn't look particularly safe

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.

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User Comments (14)



Peach64 said:

With the way Nintendo have been recently I'm surprised they didn't try and stop this.



ThomasBW84 said:

@antdickens It looks like the same brand of outfit, for sure. Same buttons and baggy sleaves!

@Peach64 I think we can safely predict that this was Nintendo's idea. Hell, they might have even paid Vettel/Red Bull for this as a PR stunt.



Yoshi3DS said:

how epic would it be if, just for one race, all the f1 drivers dressed up as a mario character!



DarkEdi said:

Nintendo always announces Mario, i preffer they give more support to other franchises. Why not to dress him like Shulk of Xenoblade or maybe Ice Climber?



Peach64 said:

@ThomasBW84 I'm not so sure. Nintendo doesn't really seem to be on the ball with advertising or PR recently, and surely if they'd been responsible enough for this, it would look a bit more like an actual Mario Kart, and he'd have the Mario Logo on his helmet? To me it looks like him being more of a genuine fan, but I could be wrong!

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