Lance Stroll Breathing Down Sebastian Vettel’s Neck for Coveted F1 Award

Published 10/02/2021, 4:03 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 6, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix REUTERS/Albert Gea


There were a lot of doubts about the legacy and skills of Sebastian Vettel before the beginning of the 2021 season. Vettel had seen himself at the end of his worst season since the 2008 season. He had also not done himself any favors by his performances on the track and his constant spins in the car.

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He joined the newly branded Aston Martin Cognizant team at the start of this season. It seems like that the 4-time world champion has got a new wind under his sails. Vettel has got some really good results with his new team and led the charge on the track.

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Sebastian Vettel leads the overtaking awards in 2021

Formula One has introduced a new award to be given at the end of the season to the driver with the most overtakes. F1 in partnership with Crypto.com will present the award for most overtakes.

As reported by Planetf1, Ben Pincus, Director of Commercial Partnerships at Formula 1 states,

” We are delighted to be expanding our partnership with Crypto.com as we introduce the Overtake Award, which will integrate the brand into Formula 1 throughout the season, in addition to the title partnership of the F1 sprint events.

The Crypto.com Overtake Award gives us the chance to celebrate drivers’ instincts to make bold and strategic moves, which reflect the qualities needed when dealing in cryptocurrency.”

Currently, the Aston Martin duo of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll are in close competition for the award. Vettel has 95 overtakes this season while Stroll has got 91.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in action with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

If Seb Vettel eventually clinches this ward at the season, it would really boost his confidence. Over the past couple of seasons, there have been a lot of doubts over Vettel’s skills in wheel-to-wheel combat. He has spun around many times, sometimes by colliding with someone or by himself.

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Although he has not completely eradicated this flaw in his driving this season but the signs have been promising. Vettel has pulled two of the best overtaking moves of the season. One on narrow streets of Monaco and another a double pass in Baku.

It would be fascinating to see if who amongst the Aston Martin duo will get this award at the end of the season.

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Who will have more overtakes in 2021- Vettel or Stroll? 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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