“Race Was Probably Shorter Than the Media Session!” – Vettel Mocks Sprint F1 Race at Silverstone

Published 07/17/2021, 1:47 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


With the first-ever F1 sprint qualifying done and dusted, Sebastian Vettel will start the British Grand Prix from P8. The German driver gained two positions in the sprint race after starting the session from P10. He drove well, but his old rival Fernando Alonso held the four-time world champion up in an epic fight for P7.

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The race was probably shorter than the media session: Sebastian Vettel

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The sprint qualifying was 17 laps and 100kms long and finished in 30 minutes. The Aston Martin also acknowledged the same when he commented on the sprint qualifying.

” I am just thinking that race was probably shorter than the media session, giving everyone an answer. That’s I want it to be quick,” said Sebastian.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

On his performance in the sprint, Vettel said,” I tried but couldn’t get close enough [to Alonso] in the places I had to. Anyways, got to the flag!” 

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As reported by Sky Sports, Max Verstappen won the sprint qualifying to start the British Grand Prix from pole position. The P1 at Silverstone marks his fourth consecutive pole in the 2021 season.

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Home favorite and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was left disappointed after he lost the lead at the start to fall behind Max. The Mercedes driver will start the race from P2 ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Charles Leclerc will start P4 ahead of the McLaren duo of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso was the star of the sprint qualifying and will start the race in P7, ahead of Vettel. George Russell helped himself to a P9 start for tomorrow while Esteban Ocon will start P10.

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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 Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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