Stars of the season: Sebastian Vettel enjoys F1 again

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has always been funny - a German with a very English sense of humour. This year, he has used it to great effect.

The Vettel of 2014, confused and self-doubting as a result of Daniel Ricciardo's blistering pace, is long gone.

Relaxed and comfortable in his new environment at Ferrari, Vettel has been the closest thing to a challenger Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have had all year. And he has taken every opportunity to have some fun at their expense.

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In Australia, after the Mercedes drivers finished one-two, half a minute clear of Vettel, Rosberg said: "I hope we are going to have a fight with them."

"Do you really hope so?" Vettel said. "Seriously?"

It was the start of a series of amusing off-the-cuff comments, none funnier than in Mexico, a week after Rosberg had expressed his displeasure about what he saw as Hamilton's over-aggressive driving in Austin, when the Mercedes drivers were asked about the prospects of further first-corner trouble.

Vettel leaned across to Hamilton: "If you have a go, can you make sure you take both of you out so I can go through? Yes? No?" A glance at the compere. "I tried."

What made these moments all the more fun was that the Mercedes drivers, Rosberg in particular, generally had a sense of humour failure about them.

Keep it up, Seb.

Who else made BBC Sport's Stars of the Season list? Find out here.

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