Drive to Survive Reveals Ferrari F1’s Bizarre Instruction to Sebastian Vettel

Published 03/20/2021, 6:54 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY: Second place qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on from parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Ferrari endured a terrible campaign last year. They only scored 131 points and finished sixth in the constructor’s championship. While some people like to use humor as a method to deal with tragic events, the Italian team doesn’t. In the third season of Drive to Survive, Sebastian Vettel was told not to make fun of the team’s 2020 performance.

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The lackluster car that Scuderia made for 2020 provided to be quite a challenge for their drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. They didn’t have a single win throughout the year, and only managed to get on the podium thrice.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the Yas Marina Circuit Hamad I Mohammed/Pool via REUTERS

Sebastian Vettel told to keep the jokes aside as Ferrari suffer

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When Vettel was leaving Ferrari at the end of the year, the team didn’t think it was appropriate for him to joke about how their season was going. The German, however, thought otherwise.

Vettel said, “I think you should be funny if you look at our performance.

“So, is that our credo for the weekend, “Don’t Laugh”? No Jokes?”

The Scuderia was not happy with the German’s announcement

At Ferrari’s 1000th GP, it was announced that Vettel would be on the grid with Aston Martin in 2021. The timing of this announcement raised a few questions in people’s minds, and why was it made on Ferrari’s special day.

“Hoffer tells the drivers that she has had a lot of enquiries about the timing of the announcement, given it came on the eve of Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix in Tuscany. Her reasoning is that the timing was down to a reaction to Sergio Perez announcing he was leaving the team,” states a report about the sequence of events in DTS.

“Vettel replied, “Yes, and it’s the truth as well’,” the report continues.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives ahead of testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Now, with a new team, the 33-year-old hopes to find his form again. He starts a new chapter in 2021 and believes he can redeem himself once the season begins.

Do you think Vettel will be a fighting force in the new season? Lets 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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