Lando Norris Takes a Brutal Dig at Sebastian Vettel’s Failed Ferrari F1 Spell on Grill the Grid

Published 08/07/2021, 5:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Mark Sutton


Sebastian Vettel blitzed past the entire F1 grid to win the 2021 F1 season’s Grill the Grid edition. Of course, there were several episodes and Vettel battled through to arrive at the finale. That’s when Vettel’s astounding performance emerged that left the entire F1 fandom in awe.

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On the other hand, there was hardly any success for Vettel on the track. The German had just jumped boats onto Aston Martin after a horrendous end to his Ferrari campaign.

What’s more, the trophy that he earned from winning Grill the Grid was only his second of the year 2020, with the former coming from a podium finish at Istanbul Park, earlier that season.

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Hence, considering his poor 2020 F1 outing, McLaren driver, Lando Norris, took a hilarious dig at the 4-time world champion.

What did Lando Norris say?

Norris was absolutely stunned when he heard that Vettel had spelled out every single world champion since the 1950 F1 season. The interviewer told Norris, “Maximum 70 points available. That’s what Vettel did get.”

However, while many expected Norris to laud Vettel’s efforts, he instead reverted to a cheeky taunt. The Brit hilariously reckoned that Vettel should rather focus on racing than pulling off such surprises in off-track contests.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

70 points? No offense, but he should focus on driving,” Norris said, as the entire crew burst into laughter behind the camera. Meanwhile, Williams‘ driver, Nicholas Latifi, chose to compliment Vettel. He acknowledged, “Really? What a guy!

What was the final Grill the Grid task that Sebastian Vettel smashed?

While the initial episodes demanded drivers to spell out the teams and circuits, the finale focused on the drivers. The challenge is that the 2021 grid drivers must start with the 2020 F1 world champion and must go down to the first season’s champion.

If a driver gives out the wrong answer, he will be eliminated from the contest. It was a tough battle between the trio of Vettel, Verstappen, and Russell.

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The first of three to leave the fight was Russell, after giving out 34 consecutive correct responses. Soon followed Verstappen with 38 points in the bag. Then, it was Vettel contesting all by himself.

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The German hardly showed struggles, as he went on to name all of the world champions from the year 1950 to the year 2020, ultimately securing 71 points.

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That victory opened doors to more success on the track, as Vettel now holds two podiums, with one of them yet to be confirmed after facing disqualification in Hungary. Can Aston Martin fight it out against the FIA to retrieve the P2 for Vettel, and can the German make it three P2 finishes this season?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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