Can Fernando Alonso Overtake Sebastian Vettel in Key 2021 F1 Category?

Published 10/31/2021, 5:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are regarded as each other’s greatest rivals. Even though they are not fighting for the title in 2021, they are fighting for another award this season.

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This year Formula One entered a partnership with Crypto. The award in question is the most of overtakes in 2021. As it stands, the 4-times world champion currently leads the race, while Alonso finds himself in second place.

Can Alonso beat Sebastian Vettel for the most overtakes this season?

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The sport of Formula One is always innovating, and this year they have come up with a new award for the most overtakes. Currently, it is the German driver who leads the table, which his rival from Alpine is in second place.

However, the battle is close between the two drivers. Vettel has 102 overtakes, while Alonso has 100 overtakes this season. But, there are five more races to go before the end of the season. The Spanish driver will aim to beat his arch-rival and claim the prestigious award this season.

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Vettel isn’t enthusiastic about winning the award

The 34-year-old is having a lackluster year with Aston Martin. However, even though he has made progress as he currently leads the race for the most overtakes this season, the German driver isn’t interested in it but is pleased with the improvement that he has shown.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, Vettel said, “Whether you count that or not, ideally you can’t beat everyone and win all races throughout the year. Of course it’s fun to transition, but it’s not always easy. It feels good when you do it.” (Translated from Turkish via Google)

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

With five races remaining till the end of the season, do you think Vettel can keep Alonso at bay and win the most overtakes award this season? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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