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.

Sure enough, he dominated the race, easing away from Heikki Kovalainen in the early stages, then mastering intermediate tyres on a drying track to become F1's youngest ever race-winner.

And I smiled. From what I hear, Sebastian has not allowed the F1 paddock sharks to affect his friendly, personable attitude, so this year's Italian GP was proof that nice guys can win. He'll do so again, too.