Bahrain GP: Sebastian Vettel Apologized to Ocon After Unfortunate F1 Crash

Published 03/28/2021, 3:31 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Sebastian Vettel was looking to turn the page this season with Aston Martin after having a nightmarish time with Ferrari last year. However, by the accounts of the season opener in Bahrain, he’s unfortunately carried over that poor form as he rammed into the back of Esteban Ocon. While he initially blamed the Frenchman for causing the collision, he later came clean and apologized to him.

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The incident occurred while the two were fighting for 12th place on lap 46. Ocon opened up his DRS wing on the start-finish straight and got ahead of Vettel while maintaining his line.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 07: Esteban Ocon of France and Mercedes GP looks on in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 07, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

However, Vettel moved behind him and as he was going for a late move, he locked his wheels and crashed his car into the back of Esteban Ocon. It ended their hopes of fighting for any points, and the FIA slapped Vettel with a 10-second penalty, which further demoted him to 15th place.

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After the race, Ocon went into detail regarding this incident. He wasn’t angry or upset, rather in a more relaxed mood.

He told Will Buxton, “Fight with Seb, in the end, didn’t go so great! But he came, apologized, and he got a penalty for it. So, it’s all fine. I would have been a bit more upset if we were fighting for fifth, but we were not!”

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When this initially occurred, Vettel pinned the blame on Ocon for causing it. “Why did he have to change his line? I locked up as he changed his line.”

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However, the FIA race control team in Bahrain was having none of it. They deemed that the former Ferrari driver was in the wrong and handed him the penalty. It was the culmination of a miserable afternoon for him, after starting the race dead last because of yesterday’s qualifying debacle.

Understandably, he was exhausted over the team radio, “Well, it was a race full of struggles. Tough day, we will speak after.”

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We do feel a degree of sympathy for him. But the going won’t get any less tough for him with Aston Martin’s struggles with the rear. It is bad news for him and he has to come up with a way to overcome it.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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