‘Adrenaline’ Saved Unwell Vettel’s Monaco GP Qualifying

Published 05/23/2021, 5:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


It was a bittersweet outing for Germany’s Sebastian Vettel at the qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. In what has been a hint at the return of his good days, he made it into Q3 and will start from P8 for today’s race. However, the four-time champion was down in terms of health and looks to keep that aside for the race.

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The Aston Martin driver is in a good position for the Grand Prix as he starts in eighth behind Lewis Hamilton. He would aim to keep the place and try to get ahead as he hopes to score his first F1 points of the season.

Sebastian Vettel felt nervous during the qualifying session

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As quoted by Auto motor und sport, Vettel revealed that he “was a bit nervous.”

Despite risking Q1 to ensure that he could have two set of tires in the third session, Seb managed to out-qualify rivals such Yuki Tsunoda, Fernando Alonso, and Nicholas Latifi.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Speaking of his health, Vettel said, “But in Monte Carlo you have so much adrenaline in your blood that the bad night before is quickly forgotten.”

The German feels good as he prepares for the race

The 33-year-old was quite pleased with his qualifying session, and is happy with the improvement in his performance with Aston Martin.

Vettel said to Sky F1, as quoted by PlanetF1, “It was a bit better. I’ve always liked this track. I think I got two or three good laps. It’s definitely a good feeling.”

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Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“I felt quite good on Thursday in free practice and it was about maintaining that feeling, to always stay a step ahead,” he concluded.

Vettel would aim to perform even better on race day and will hope that he can score his first F1 points for his Silverstone-based team. What do you think of the German’s performance at Monte Carlo? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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