Want your kid to become a race driver?
It may already be too late - if you didn’t name him Sebastian.
No fewer than three of the twenty drivers who participated in the Chinese Grand Prix last weekend were named Sebastian (or the equivalent French spelling 'Sebastien').
There's the rising German superstar and rainmaster Sebastian Vettel, who won last weekend (and you don't have to be Nostradamus to predict he'll be World Champion some day soon).
There's the Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais, a multi-time Indy Car champion who so far hasn't been able to replicate that success at the Grand Prix level.
The Swiss Sebastien Buemi is making a good impression in his first season.
And in many people's opinion (mine anyway) the best race driver in the world at the moment isn't even in Formula One - that would be rally and Le Mans star Sebastien Loeb, again from France.
As Jerry Seinfeld would say, "What's up with that?"
According to one baby name web site I checked, 'Sebastian' ranks eighty-eighth among most popular boys names.
Yet fifteen percent of the Grand Prix field has that name.
A crazy co-incidence?
We chose "Patrick" for our son's name, and I have to admit the farthest thing from my mind at the time was NOT that it was a nice international-sounding name that graced more than a few great racers - Depaillier, Tambay, Carpentier.
He grew up short and slim, the perfect race driver build.
He even has a modicum of athletic ability, although where that came from remains a mystery…
But his chosen sport is Ultimate Frisbee, fer cryin' out loud. At the very highest levels of that sport the athletes PAY to participate in championship tournaments.
So much for my plans for a financially-secure retirement.