Although news of girlfriend Hanna's pregnancy broke only this week, fatherhood is set to arrive imminently for world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Germany's Bild newspaper reports that Hanna Prater is already eight months pregnant, meaning the Red Bull driver will be a dad by the time he next gets behind the wheel of a formula one car for 2014 winter testing.
At the end of October, in India, Vettel denied a paddock rumour that Hanna was pregnant.
And in late August, the 26-year-old turned down another opportunity to confirm the news of his impending fatherhood.
Asked by the correspondent for French television Canal Plus if he felt ready to be a dad, Vettel answered at Spa-''Francorchamps: "Oof, I don't know. Maybe.
"We are still in free practice!" he joked.