Sebastian Vettel & Lewis Hamilton Have Contrasting Views Over the Controversial Eau Rouge

Published 08/28/2021, 3:39 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


What a qualifying session at Spa. The rain murked everything during the session, especially in Q3. Lando Norris, unfortunately, spun out of control in Eau Rouge; eventually crashing into the barrier at Raidillon. The notorious corner is infamous for the crashes that take place. As a result, looking at today’s incident, Sebastian Vettel shared his piece.

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Vettel commented on the approach to Eau Rouge. “Maybe Eau Rouge got too easy over the years & thus too fast. Obviously, the cars have a lot of grip, but maybe we should make it tighter again, just like before, so it becomes more of a challenge again.”

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during qualifying REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Hamilton countered the statement, begging the need for only a minor change. ‘“I think they’ve just got to get rid of the bump and then leave Eau Rouge as it is,” said the Mercedes driver. “But they’ll do what they do. I don’t feel they need to spend the money.”

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With the two contrasting views on the corner, does the approach change or the track itself? Hamilton had shared his concern with the bumpy corner after the practice session on Friday; it looks like the uneven surface affected Hamilton’s race today as well.

Eau Rouge at the Belgian GP

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Lando Norris’s late crash wasn’t a one-off incident. The W series saw a 5-car crash due to the slippery conditions of the track accompanied by the challenging corner of the circuit. With these multiple crashes, it has lived up to its reputation.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during qualifying REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

While changes are planned for the 2022 season, Lewis Hamilton hopes the renovations won’t make any difference. He comments, “I love Eau Rouge, its the way it is, but the fact that this track still holds the essence of that danger, I think, its good, I hope the changes don’t take that away.”

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While no changes can be made this season, drivers will need to ensure that they steer clear of another incident. Vettel’s argument calls for big changes to the circuit, while Hamilton believes the track needs to even out. Nonetheless, the Belgian GP has once again given drivers the ultimate challenge, as Sunday’s race is surely one to look forward to.

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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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