Who says my job isn't dangerous? As I tried to interview Sebastian Vettel for the BBC's Red Button Forum after the Japanese Grand Prix, I got hit on the forehead by a TV camera and am now nursing what looks like an egg on my head! But to be honest I don't mind - the atmosphere and frenzy in the pitlane were nothing like I'd ever felt or seen before, so a little bump (or big, in this case) was worth it.
A common sight in 2011 as McKenzie chats to Vettel after another pole © sutton
At no other circuit in the world would the fans have still been sitting in the grandstand in the dark long after the action had ended, and they were justly rewarded. Suzuka has crowned some wonderful world champions and the fans appreciate Formula 1 so much - it really is a win-win situation for everyone and a fitting place for Vettel to be crowned as back-to-back world champion.
And what about the man himself? Well, the thing about Vettel is that he's such a decent guy. He can chat about anything and often does. He makes the most serious interviews fun and always has something intelligent to say - whether it's in German or English.
In my job, I'm lucky to spend so much time away from the track with the drivers, and I often get given the Vettel interviews. In Australia we went to a ranch to shear some sheep, where he nearly castrated them before being told to hand back the blades and just stick to the driving! In Canada he did just that: we spent a day at an Infiniti event, and while there he drove me around the I-car circuit, determined to scare me - and was slightly annoyed when I wasn't scared enough. These are the times you get to see the drivers as real people and personalities, not just corporate machines.
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