“After a Couple of Drinks…”: The Comical Details of Sebastian Vettel’s Chaotic F1 Championship Celebrations With Michael Schumacher

Published 05/13/2022, 4:00 PM EDT

Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher are one of the most loved F1 friendships in the history of this motorsport. There are many stories about their friendships, including the one when Vettel had a chaotic celebration with the seven-time world champion in 2011.

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Vettel became the two-time world champion after the 2011 Japanese GP. So, the young Seb went to celebrate with his friends, including Schumacher. But Vettel started talking more in his German accent after getting drunk while drinking with Schumacher.

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Vettel shared, “After a couple of drinks, everyone was quite happy, and then sometime in the night, Michael came as well, and we had a couple more drinks together. I think after he came, I felt much worse as I started mixing a bit, which wasn’t the best strategy, but all in all, it was a fun night.”

“The funny thing is, I’m usually in control when it comes to not showing my German accent too much.” The former Red Bull man further said, “But after a couple of drinks, it was quite obvious where I come from.”

Sebastian Vettel didn’t like his P3 finish in the 2011 Japanese GP

Vettel was just one point away from lifting his second world championship. The German F1 driver’s third-place finish in the 2011 Suzaku race led him to that championship title. However, Seb didn’t want to win his title with a P3 finish instead win the race. So, he was eyeing a race win in the next race in Korea.

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Seb said, “We would have loved to have won, so we are out again this weekend aiming for another win. Of course, the championship is decided, but it doesn’t change our approach.”

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 25: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates with teammates on the podium as he finishes in sixth position and clinches his third consecutive driver’s world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The former Red Bull driver won the 2011 Korean GP as he wanted. Further, many believed Vettel to dominate the sport, which he did in the next two seasons and became a four-time world champion.

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But Vettel hasn’t tasted another championship after leaving Red Bull although he won many races. Further, the four-time world champion has been unable to score points in 2022. He needs to pull his socks for the upcoming Spanish GP. Do you expect Vettel to score points in the upcoming Barcelona race?

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

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