“Mein Gott Muss Das Sein” – Decoding Sebastian Vettel’s Infamous Ferrari F1 Radio Rant

Published 08/15/2021, 1:37 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari walks to the drivers parade before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


You know it’s serious when a German swears in German. And that’s what F1 witnessed at the 2019 Brazilian GP. It was an upsetting moment in the race for Sebastian Vettel, who was battling with his teammate in the final laps of the race.

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The two Ferraris collided on lap 66, making it a double retirement for the team in São Paulo. An angry Vettel made the airwaves red, saying, “Mein Gott muss das sein!?”

The phrase is well-known amongst fans today.

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The phrase translates to “My God, does that have to be!?” Vettel also adds, “Such bullshit too!” 

Angry man Sebastian Vettel

A moment of the race that may have caused Binotto and the rest of the pit wall to flinch; the collision between the teammates was one to remember for the team.

During the race, Alex Albon was defending his podium position from both the Ferrari drivers. Vettel was ahead of Leclerc, who soon made a move and went in front. The two Prancing Horses battled it out as Vettel fought to regain his position behind Albon. The cars touched at turn 3 of Interlagos, causing Leclerc to park at barriers, and Vettel went on with a destroyed rear tire.

A disheartening loss for the team, Mattia Binotto said, “I think the drivers need to feel sorry for the team because at the end they were free to fight – I think our second position in the constructors’ was given–and they were battling for their own position in the drivers’ championship.”

The team principal steered clear of assigning blame, saying” I think at the end that both of them have got at least a small or part percentage of responsibility. But I don’t want to judge now and tell my own opinion on the crash…” 

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 07: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari, Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari, Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto and the Ferrari team pose for a photo in 90th anniversary t-shirts after qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 07, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Nonetheless, both drivers apologized to the team.

Leclerc, who had a brilliant race, starting from P14 and climbing to fourth, said, “We feel extremely sorry for the team, this is the end result: both of the cars didn’t finish and that’s very disappointing. For the future, we’ll put that behind us and continue to work together.”

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Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc play football ahead of the race. Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Vettel added, “It’s a shame for the team, obviously, we didn’t finish the race. That has priority.”

Sebastian Vettel finished fifth in the drivers’ championship, behind Charles Leclerc. On the bright side, Ferrari finished second on the constructors’ rankings.

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While Vettel’s disreputable radio rant lives on, so much has changed in two years. One of the kindest drivers on the grid, Vettel is a much more level-headed driver now, fighting for podiums with Aston Martin.

Watch this story: F1 Drivers Fighting on Track

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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