EXPLAINED: The Reason for Shambolic 45-Minute Delay to Tow Vettel’s F1 Car at Dutch GP Practice

Published 09/03/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


It was not the start that Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel would have hoped for at a new track. The 4-time world champion could not put a respectable time in the FP1 session at the Dutch Grand Prix.

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Vettel suffered from engine-related concerns throughout the session, which eventually led to an engine failure. The German parked his Aston Martin at the end of pit lane and, after turn1 and brought out the red flag.

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The German driver brings out the red flag in FP1 at Zandvoort

Vettel’s engine failure led to a lengthy red-flag session. There was a lot of consistent smoke from the engine, and Vettel tried hard to diffuse the smoke by using the extinguisher himself. Even after the fire was diffused, the marshals at the circuit could not touch the car.

According to a team member at Aston Martin, this is because the car was still had live current from the ERS failure. “the green indicator light is on, so we believe that the car is ERS State Alpha,” said Aston Martin team member.

This perfectly explains why no F1 official and marshals were not touching the car.

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As reported by Autosport, Vettel stated F1 should continue its progress to going sustainable in the future. He also suggested that the sport should work on more environment-friendly engines.

“We have some fascinating technology in the cars, but it’s very complex and probably irrelevant for the road. That is obviously not right,” said Vettel.

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Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard

“So I think whatever the next engine formula happens to be, it should be more road relevant and help everybody in the whole world to make a shift when we talk about mobility. I think F1 should carry on along its footsteps of the past, to be a leader in technology, which is relevant for the future,” said Sebastian.

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“There’s a lot of people coming to the events, and I think there’s a huge opportunity to educate people to address certain messages to make people aware of certain things,” mentioned Vettel on the need to educate people.

Formula One has plans to be fully sustainable till the 2025 season. Do you agree with Seb Vettel? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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