@matt90 – great analysis. I’d agree with pretty much everything you’ve said, especially his being childish. While people may find it amusing how he names his cars and changes his helmets, I think it’s just the other side of his immaturity which he displays after a bad weekend or on track (2010 especially). He’s a bit of a prima donna, focusing on everything that doesn’t matter, but not in an amusing sense in the way, say, Kimi does, but, in my opinion, to underline his dominance, just like his finger but in a manner which is meant to show how ‘easy’ it is for him. I guess it’s more his personality than anything else that annoys me – he seems scripted and attention seeking, not in the same way Hamilton does, but in a very obvious annoying manner of trying to fit in everywhere (hence a feeling of fakeness). His being ‘funny’ generates attention after all and people go on about how laid back he is. The other side as I’ve said is visible during or after the race – he’s got a sense of entitlement, but again not in the sense Hamilton or Alonso do, but in a prima donna sense that ‘I deserve to win, I don’t want to be second’. When Hamilton rammed everybody of the road in Monaco he wasn’t upset that he didn’t win, he was simply furious and in his arrogance was convinced that he was right. It’s a different form of entitlement: Vettel’s is more of a ‘someone stole my candy, papa Adrian will help me out’ type, whereas Hamilton’s or Alonso’s seems to be more about punching someone else in the face; Hamilton in front of the cameras, Alonso behind the scenes.
Having said that, I don’t always find him terrible. The above might seem exaggerated in scope, but I’m merely trying to convey who Vettel is.