This is Sebastian Vettel on a road back home in heppenheim. As compared to this, he found the roads of Delhi en route to Agra...
Sebastian Vettel comes from a country where discipline and adhering to rules is of utmost importance in atters concerning driving and road safety. So, when the Red Bull Racing's double world championship-winning Formula One driver took a road trip to Agra on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of the Taj Mahal, he was naturally stunned to get a first-hand view of the chaotic Indian traffic scenario.
Empty roads take me home... Sebastian Vettel drives during his World Championship party with 30,000 spectators in his home town of Heppenheim, Germany last month. Pic/Getty Images
"I visited the Taj Mahal yesterday, and it was quite a long and funny drive really. The traffic was chaotic and I was a bit startled because coming from Europe, where driving rules and regulations are very stringent, this was a huge change. It's not like there were no rules, but there were few rules as compared to those in Europe," said the 25-year-old speed king during yesterday's media briefing at the Buddh International Circuit ahead of the weekend's inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
"I had an Indian driver at the wheel, so I asked him whether people do licenses here at all and he turned around and said 'that's not a problem. You can buy licenses here'," an amused Vettel told a chuckling bunch of journos.
On a serious note however, Formula One's youngest double world champion, said that he had learnt an important lesson in life across the last 24 hours or so he spent in India. "Obviously, the standard of life here is not as high as it is in Europe, but having come here I have seen a different side of the world here. It kind of brings your feet back on to the ground. You tend to learn to appreciate the little things in life that you otherwise take for granted."
The champ however eventually gave the Indian traffic system a thumbs up nevertheless. "I think it is chaotic but it is organised chaos in a way, as I did not witness a single accident on the trip (to the Taj Mahal) and back. Of course my car did come too close to some cars at some points, but over all I think it's fine. The tough rules system works in Europe and this system works here, so that's good enough," he concluded.