Sebastian Vettel Cheekily Reveals His Pre-Race F1 Rituals

Published 09/19/2021, 12:29 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


Sebastian Vettel has been in Formula One for over a decade. He has four world champions and multiple race wins as well as several records to his name. The German is currently driving for the Aston Martin Cognizant team since the beginning of the 2021 season.

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Just like any other driver, Vettel has also developed some pre-race rituals and preparations. In a new social media fan interaction for F1, the Aston Martin driver shed light on one of his pre-race rituals. The answer may not be what you expect.

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Sebastian Vettel gives hilarious response to a fan question

The Aston Martin was asked if he had any pre-race rituals by one fan in the interaction. The wise old Sebastian Vettel gave a very logical, yet funny, response that no one was expecting.

” I need to go to the toilet before the race,” he laughingly said, “races can be long so… At least it’s the most consistent ritual.”

Then, delving into his actual rituals, Seb continued, “I, you know, sometimes listen to music, sometimes more or sometimes less and I do some skipping, some warmup exercises before getting in the car. 

“I only get in the car from the left side, never from the right, I don’t know why, but it’s just like that, so you could call that a ritual as well.”

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Vettel has signed a contract extension with the British team and will continue to race for them in the 2022 season. According to Lawrence Barretto of Formula1, despite the slow start, Vettel has put in some stellar performances this year.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with sparkling wine and a trophy on the podium after finishing in second place Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“There have still been some strange mistakes–but there have also been plenty of highs, including the podium in Baku and what should have been a podium in Hungary. Had he kept the latter, the German would have been inside the top 10 in the driver’s standings.

“Aston Martin will be pleased, as they will continue to run a world champion who retains the hunger to deliver, who will be incredibly useful with the development of next year’s brand-new cars, and who is acting as a great mentor to his younger teammate Stroll.” said Barretto.

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Vettel will look to continue his form going into the 2022 season. He would like to use his experience to drive the British team forward in the new era of F1.

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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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