Five popular F1 stars whose secret talent you did not know about

Date published: January 18 2020

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There can be little doubt that Formula 1 Drivers are some of the most talented people on the planet, but some have even more talent than you may know…

Sebastian Vettel – Comedy

It’s probably fir to say that the Germans are not known for their humour, but four-time world champion Vettel certainly has some comfort on the microphone.

He put it on display too, at the Autosport Awards back in 2012 during an   on-stage interview with Steve Ryder, who seemed more than happy to feed him lines to help set-up a showcase for Vettel’s surprising comedic talent.

The ‘routine’ even included a pretty unerringly accurate impression of rival Kimi Raikkonen.

Giancarlo Fisichella – Poker

Holding your nerve long enough can be the difference between success and failure in Formula 1, so it is perhaps no surprise that those skills easily transfer to the poker table.

Italian Fisichella won three Grand Prix’s in his career, but he found another love while on the circuit.

“Poker has become a very popular pastime in the paddock in recent months with many of the drivers,” Fischella once commented before he went on to become one of the most successful celebrity poker players on the planet.

Fisichella is not the only Formula 1 star with a love of the tables. Have a look at this interesting article on F1 Drivers who are good at playing poker online, written by Adrian Sterne.

Lewis Hamilton – Music

Hamilton’s music prowess is not really a secret, but it’s easily deserving of mention. Hamilton can play guitar, piano, and even sang on a Christina Aguilera album.

“Music has been a huge passion of mine since I was really young. I started playing guitar when I was 13.

“The plan was that it always started as a hobby but it’s got to a point now where it’s very serious.”

Jenson Button – Triathlons

Button was apparently not content with being a Formula 1 world champion. The likable Brit decided to try his hand at another physical ordeal as well.

In 2013, he headed to the Philippines to compete in an Ironman event that demanded 70 miles of swimming, cycling, and running.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough on its own, out of nearly 1700 competitors, he came 11th.

Nigel Mansell – Magic

I doubt even the most ardent of Mansell fans would describe him as a showman, but that’s exactly where his passions lie away from the track.

A crash at Le Mans in 2010 left him concussed and struggling to speak, and learning magic helped him make a full recovery.

“I had to get my brain to work in a different way and it was a challenge,” Mansell explained.

“That’s why I took up magic and why I joined the Magic Circle a few years ago.

“Now, in many ways, it has become as exciting as racing a car. There is no greater feeling than leaving someone open mouthed at a trick you can perform.