For the first time since winning his fourth consecutive Formula One world title at the end of last month, Vettel returned to the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes to thank all those behind the scenes who have played their part in helping him achieve the feat.
Vettel's arrival, after spending the last two weeks on the road in India and Abu Dhabi, was delayed by almost half an hour due to fog at a nearby private airport.
It is arguably the only time this year the 26-year-old has been held up given his level of domination, a word he has revealed he hates as "it makes things sound easy".
That is despite his runaway success since the summer break, equaling Michael Schumacher's record on Sunday in Abu Dhabi for consecutive wins in one season with seven.
There is currently no stopping Vettel, who is on top of the world and the master of all he surveys when it comes to the F1 landscape.
But there is a strangely genuine concern within the German as to whether this is as good as it gets.
Taking an introspective look at himself, Vettel was asked as to what makes him stand out, to which he replied: "I'm not thinking I stand out.
"I'm not completely aware of what it means, the achievements over the last couple of years, and I'm happy not to be aware.
"I enjoy racing. When I was a child that was the dream, and it's just a dream to be in Formula One. To be as successful, of course I take it, and it makes me very, very proud.
"But every race, every year is a new challenge, so I'm not lacking any motivation because I know how hard it is to deliver every single time inside the car, to do everything right.
"The freshest example was qualifying in Abu Dhabi. I was second in qualifying because I tried a little too hard. Mark (Webber) did a better job than me.
"Afterwards I was not happy. You could argue that I should have been calm, that I'd just won the championship.
"But it's part of me, that I'm abitious and I want to win, and if there is a chance to do so then I want to take it, and fortunately on Sunday I did that."
So when it comes to his next objective, Vettel added: "The next race, which is my point, that I'm not trying to look too far ahead."
Despite then admitting he would always look forward rather than back, Vettel said: "We've had many, many great moments, some very special moments.
"But I believe the biggest moment in my life is yet to come otherwise it would be quite sad, at the age of 26, to look back and think the greatest moment has gone and to have nothing to look forward to."
Despite the plethora of records Vettel is amassing, there are still many who will doubt him until the day he joins another team and wins a title there, or if Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton joined him at Red Bull and he then beat them.
In remaining at Red Bull, and earlier this year he signed another contract extension through to the end of 2015, and with Daniel Ricciardo replacing Webber as his team-mate, the critics remain.
An unconcerned Vettel said: "Even if I go to another team I will still have people who doubt or don't like who I am and what I do etcetera, but it doesn't change much in the end.
"At the end of the day you have to be happy with yourself and right now I can assure you I'm very happy with who I am and what I do."
It was suggested to Vettel even Ayrton Senna pushed to join McLaren to pit himself against the best at the time in Alain Prost.
"Maybe I'm not aware, or not done enough research, but ultimately he wanted to go to McLaren to be in the best car," responded Vettel.
"As a driver you always target to be with the best team. If you look back on Formula One history there has always been the best drivers winning the championships with the best team. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong.
"But I'm very happy where I am. I'm with the best team. It's about you and whether you are happy with who you are, and I'm not thinking about going anywhere else."