Sebastian Vettel Inspiringly Speaks for the First Time on ‘Bitter’ Hungary Heartbreak

Published 08/26/2021, 9:52 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


It’s media day at Spa and while some drivers talk about what is to come, Sebastian Vettel clarified his feelings of the past. The Hungarian GP was monumental for Vettel and his team; the stunning P2 finish was well-deserved. However, after being disqualified from the race, Vettel has no hard feelings.

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The Aston Martin driver made a powerful statement regarding the race at Hungaroring. “The podium gets erased from the books, but not from your memory. It was bitter, but these are the rules.” 

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Second placed Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin celebrates on the podium after the race REUTERS/David W Cerny

Sebastian wasn’t wrong. His achievements in Hungary are far from forgotten. Still fresh in everyone’s minds, Vettel will expect to make a louder statement on the track this weekend. The four-time champion has 12 races ahead of him to make up for what was lost.

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Eyes ahead for Sebastian Vettel

In Aston Martin’s race preview, Vettel stated, “momentum is going to be key to the midfield fight. We want to be scoring good points in Spa-Francorchamps to really get the ball rolling and to put pressure on the teams ahead.”

The past excited the German for himself and what he has to offer at the challenging circuit. “I have great memories of Spa, having won here in 2011, 2013 and 2018, so I can’t wait to get back on track.”

In other news, while Vettel may have lost the P2 trophy, he is in the lead for the new award introduced by F1. The Crypto.com Overtake Award has Vettel as the mid-season leader. Ironically, his famous eleventh to second place in Baku played a key role in his run for the award.

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While the FIA rejected Aston Martin’s appeal, the team was disappointed for the 18 points that were lost. The team had made a statement on Twitter: “The 18 points loss is disappointing for the team, but it doesn’t take away from an otherwise flawless drive from Sebastian. Today we showed that our car has strong race pace. Onwards and upwards.”

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Onwards and upwards it is for the team and Seb, as the challenging track in Spa calls for another victory.

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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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