“I Had a Bit of Superpower That Day” – Sebastian Vettel Reveals the James Bond Moment of His F1 Career

Published 09/22/2021, 2:22 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


The 2021 F1 grid has a very good mix of rookies, young drivers, and veterans. One person who would be standing out on the veteran list would be the 4-times Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, currently driving for the Aston Martin F1 team. With the release of the latest James Bond film getting closer and closer, obviously, 007 is on all our minds. And leading up to the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, Vettel revealed the ‘James Bond’ moment of his career to Sky Sports F1.

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A James Bond on the F1 grid in the form of Sebastian Vettel

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Highly intelligent, knowledgeable, and charismatic, and at the same time sensible, calm, and having a strong fighting spirit. This description would probably fit both James Bond and Sebastian Vettel. With both of them having an Aston Martin as their car, Sky Sports reporter Craig Slater caught up with Vettel and asked him if any moment in his career made him feel like Bond.

Hard to say, obviously, James Bond is fiction. On the track, there is always real stuff happening. But I wouldn’t mind if at times I had a button on my wheel to maybe get rid of a car in front of me or behind, to make my life a bit easier. But, yeah, I guess you can pick some drama or some overtakes.”, said Seb.

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When asked if Brazil 2012 was one of those moments, Vettel promptly answered, “Maybe yeah, spinning around, damaged car, and then coming back through the field, so yeah, felt a little bit like I had a bit of superpower that day, maybe a bit of help from Q.”

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 01: Second-placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and the Aston Martin F1 Team celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 01, 2021, in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Also, on being reminded of the 2011 Italian Grand Prix when Vettel passed Alonso with his wheels on the grass, Vettel said that could also be one. He has had such a long career that the more he thinks, the more he will remember moments that he can compare to James Bond.

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Aston Martin was one of the two new teams that joined F1 in 2021. With the latest James Bond film set to release on the 30 of September, the James Bond – Aston Martin connection has become quite visible.

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

A lot of 007 brandings are appearing on the Aston Martin F1 cars. But the performance of the team hasn’t been what fans expected. Maybe James Bond can bring them a bit of luck that could help them out.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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