‘Never Drank a Ferrari’ – Vettel and Lewis Hamilton on F1’s Champagne Replacement

Published 04/16/2021, 3:02 AM EDT
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 08: Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and second place qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talk in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Formula 1 recently announced that the podiums will no longer sport champagne as a mark of celebration for the drivers. Instead, it will be sparkling wine from the Italian makers, Ferrari Trento. With the switch set to take place from the upcoming race weekend, neither Sebastian Vettel nor Lewis Hamilton is keen on giving it a taste.

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The last time F1 used sparkling wine instead of champagne was back in 2016 when the sport tied up with Chandon. However, the duo’s relationship lasted only until the mid-part of 2017, as Carbon replaced the French winery, bringing back the classic champagne celebrations to the podium.

What did Sebastian Vettel say?

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During the Emilia-Romagna GP press conference, Vettel was asked to weigh in on the new sparkling wine, which also sports the same name as his former F1 team- Ferrari.

During the process, the German also opened up on whether he may have an opportunity to taste the wine over this weekend.

I haven’t heard. So, I don’t know. I’ve driven Ferraris, but I didn’t drink Ferrari. So, I don’t know. Obviously, at this stage, we’re a bit further away,” he said.

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

Maybe with rain on Sunday, we’re getting a bit closer. But I’m sure I can ask Lewis on Monday. He’s a bit closer to the podium.”

Weather predictions seem to be quite erratic at the moment over Friday and Saturday. But when it comes to Sunday, rains seem to be imminent.

Hence, with an already tricky circuit along with gravel traps around, the upcoming race could be a treat to watch for the entire F1 fandom. But the biggest question is, who is going to fight their way to the top?

I won’t drink it: Lewis Hamilton

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While Vettel showed some interest in the newly introduced Ferrari wine, Hamilton downplayed his excitement on the matter and said, “I don’t like bubbles. So, I won’t drink it.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

But the chances of Hamilton getting a spray of the wine look pretty bright at the moment. The Briton has mastered the wet conditions, with last year’s Turkish GP being the primary example.

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Hence, with a wet race on the cards, will Hamilton yet again prove to be the greatest driver on the wets? Only time will tell.

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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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