Chinese official calls Vettel 'Fernando Alonso'

By Motorsport.com/GMM

It was an amusing case of mistaken identity for world champion and 2011 series leader Sebastian Vettel.

A case of mistaken identity?
A case of mistaken identity?

As flight MH388 touched down in Shanghai from Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, a plethora of F1 faces waited for officials to welcome them to China.

One customs official spotted blonde-haired German Vettel and, according to Bild newspaper, exclaimed: "Fernando! Fernando Alonso!"

His Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, waiting in line behind Vettel, told the 23-year-old: "Go on Fernando, it's your turn."

Vettel can achieve a rare hat-trick of F1 wins this Sunday, and - dating back to late 2010 - victory in China would make him a five-time consecutive race winner.

"I am not counting," he insisted. "I take it as it comes. But, clearly, to defend my title I have to win as much as I can. That's the goal, and the sooner the better."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Fernando Alonso , Sebastian Vettel
Tags alonso, china, vettel, webber