“I Was Like Jesus!”- Verstappen Reveals His Reaction to Vettel-Kubica F1 Battle at Zandvoort

Published 09/10/2021, 4:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco


Robert Kubica made a surprise return to Formula One at the Dutch Grand Prix last weekend for Alfa Romeo. He stepped in for Kimi Raikkonen, who tested positive after the Friday Practice sessions. Despite minimal running, the Polish driver was part of some battles on the track and one particular battle caught the eye of Max Verstappen.

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Kubica defended his P15 against Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel for quite some time, but the German eventually got past him. However, the Alfa Romeo driver mentioned he enjoyed fighting on the track with a competitive car.

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The Alfa Romeo driver recalls his battle with Vettel in the Dutch GP

Robert Kubica stated that despite being on old tires and a slower car, he defended his position against Seb in Zandvoort. He also expressed his happiness to finally race in a competitive car since 2010.

” Yeah, for sure. I think I really raced in F1 was in 2010. So it’s really a long time ago. Of course, we are not racing in front but still managed to have some nice battles, managed to defend well for more than a few laps against Seb who was on fresher tires.” said Kubica on racing in a competitive car.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Robert Kubica and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during the race REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Kubica’s defense against Vettel also impressed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. He said,” I saw that! I was like, ‘Jesus! They are battling hard.” 

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I am looking forward to racing in Monza: Robert Kubica

As reported by Formula One, Kubica will race in Monza and Raikkonen has still not fully recovered from his battle with COVID-19. The Pole mentioned he is looking forward to racing at the Italian Grand Prix very much.

” I am looking forward to racing in Monza, an incredible track in which I claimed my first podium, in 2006.” said Robert.

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Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Robert Kubica during practice REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

“Unlike Zandvoort, it is a track I know well and this will help, particularly since the Sprint Qualifying weekend format means we will be one practice session short. I am happy with what I did in Holland, and I can’t wait to help the team out one more time in Monza,” said Kubica.

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The Pole will look to improve on his P15 at Zandvoort and will look to score some points with the Swiss team.

Can Kubica score points at Monza? 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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