In 2005, as part of my duties as Formula Three Euroseries reporter for Autosport, I interviewed a young man called Sebastian Vettel.

Well, actually, he was more of a boy back then, still only 17 at the time. With his slightly scruffy hairdo and beaming smile, he made me feel a decidedly elderly 31 as he sat for a good half-hour chatting about his matter-of-fact attitude to racing, his thoughts on Lewis Hamilton (who was running away with the F3 series at the time) and his love of British music and comedy.

Oh, and the fact that his schoolteacher had been very understanding to allow him so many Fridays off; he'd really have struggled without all those free practice sessions.

On Saturday I watched as Vettel became Formula One's youngest ever pole-sitter, aged just 21. And when I turned on my television yesterday and saw the wet conditions, I grew confident that Vettel - always a star turn on slippery circuits - would be able to turn that into a race win.