Mercedes F1 Confirm Their Secret Admiration for Sebastian Vettel

Published 08/31/2020, 12:42 AM EDT


Sebastian Vettel is well-known for his four F1 World Championships with the Red Bull team. Aside from that, he is also known for his humor and quotable quips, whether in interviews, press conferences or on the radio. One of his most famous radio bytes is, “What are we doing here? Racing or ping pong?”

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During the Belgian Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas locked up his brakes at the La Source hairpin. Upon exiting, his Mercedes W11 snapped sideways, though he managed to correct it. In response, the team tweeted about the little hiccup and tweaked Vettel’s famous dialogue.

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A fan replied and asked them if they were Sebastian Vettel fans. Of course, the team was quick to reply that everybody is a Vettel fan, even if they claim otherwise.

Is it hard to like Sebastian Vettel?

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Judging by his off-track persona, Sebastian Vettel sounds like a fairly likeable person. Although he is a little reserved and avoids social media like the plague, he does have friends.

The 2007 F1 Champion, Kimi Raikkonen, is good friends with the German driver, and Vettel also gets along well with Lewis Hamilton. Off the race track, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have also displayed good camaraderie.

Sadly, the 4-time World Champion may not be seen on the F1 grid any longer, since he is set to leave Scuderia Ferrari. Rumours have linked him to Racing Point, but nothing concrete has emerged yet. A number of teams are aware of Vettel’s quality as a racer, and the German will surely be missed if he leaves.

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Speaking of Sebastian Vettel, he and teammate Leclerc endured a painfully humbling race, as they were never in contention. Ultimately, they ended their miserable race out of the points and woefully off the pace.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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