F1: Sebastian Vettel buys father a Ferrari

Four-time Formula 1 champion for Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel, has reportedly bought his father, Norbert, a Ferrari.

Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) and his father Norbert Vettel celebrate after Sebastian won at the Circuit de Monaco on May 29, 2011.

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Sebastian Vettel has bought his father a Ferrari.

Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport, publishing a paparazzi photo of Red Bull's reigning quadruple world champion during the transaction, said the German picked a Ferrari California and a personalised number plate.

During race events, 27-year-old Vettel commutes to and from the circuits in a road car supplied by Red Bull's title sponsor Infiniti.

But for a gift to his father Norbert, Vettel chose the iconic color red and the personalised number plate HP N1 -- 'HP' representing his birthplace Heppenheim, and 'N1' for Norbert.

"A sign of a future at Maranello? Who knows!" read the Gazzetta report.

"In 1995, Michael Schumacher was seen roaming the streets of Monaco at the wheel of a F355. And we know how that turned out."