‘I Baked This’ – Sebastian Vettel’s Heartfelt Gift to Aston Martin F1

Published 03/02/2021, 5:37 AM EST
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY: Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Sebastian Vettel signed with Aston Martin this season after a tough season with Ferrari. The German won no race last season; however, he has long claimed the hearts of the F1 community. Because of his calm and humble demeanor, the Aston Martin driver is considered to be one of the nicest drivers on the grid.

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The team’s principal, Otmar Szafnauer, shared another story about Vettel bringing that energy to his new team. He recalled the time German visited his home with a thoughtful gift and was being an absolute gentleman.

“He can easily go buy a box of chocolates or a bunch of flowers but that’s not him. He’ll come with ‘I baked this loaf of bread’,” said Szafnauer.

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SUZUKA, JAPAN: Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

He also pointed out, “He really, really likes British humour. It’s not to find a common thread, it’s just who he is. So far he’s fitted in really, really well here.”

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A highly motivated Sebastian Vettel, claims Szafnauer

Sebastian Vettel had a difficult season last year. He finished outside top-10 and the termination of his contract with Ferrari was unfortunate. However, Szafnauer explained that the German still has the motivation to make the best out of this season.

“I can attest to the fact that he’s really motivated. But I don’t think the motivation is to prove the nay-sayers wrong. I think it’s just how he is. I think he’s just driven to do the best he can,” said the Aston Martin boss.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 6, 2020 Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

The motivation does not limit itself to the German. Having a four-time world champion onboard has the team also excited and motivated.  They are working hard to build Sebastian a car that can help him get on top of the podium once again.

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“The partners, the employees, all of us are going to be lifted by the fact he’s won four times and he knows what it takes,” Szafnauer pointed out.

Being the third fastest car on the grid does not make it easy to win races. However, the team won a race last season in Bahrain in a thrilling race.

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Do you believe the team can make the most of that momentum and win another race this year?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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