Sebastian Vettel Pokes Fun at F1 Stewards After Late Imola Penalty Call

Published 04/19/2021, 6:32 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Sebastian Vettel, yet again, had a poor start to a race in his new chapter in Formula One. The German had problems at Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, this past weekend, even before the race had begun,. The mechanics couldn’t fix his overheated brakes in time, which resulted in the 33-year-old getting a penalty.

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However, Vettel’s troubles didn’t end there; as the race began, he started facing gearbox issues. The team decided to call him back into the pits and retire from the race. Hence, he couldn’t bring any points in his second outing with the Silverstone-based team.

Sebastian Vettel isn’t too pleased with the stewards

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The German told Sky Sports Germany, as quoted by PlanetF1, “I don’t know why they were so late, it was pretty clear from the start. “I don’t know what the stewards were doing maybe the filter of the coffee-maker was full and they needed to take care of it!

Vettel further stated, “The guys tried everything they did and they did really well. They were really alert [to react to the pre-race issues]. I think we could have had a better race if the FIA was more alert.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“I think we broke a rule, I guess, seeing as we got a penalty. But they didn’t bother until way into the race. By that time, the penalty cost a lot more than it would have earlier in the race, so that’s not very professional. But it certainly wasn’t the decider for us today. We had plenty of issues.

“Not the trouble-free race we were hoping for and a tough day,” he concluded.

The four-time champion is yet to make a mark with Aston Martin

Vettel would like his new stint with Aston Martin to have gotten off to a better start, but it doesn’t seem to be going that way. In the opening race in Bahrain, Vettel had a grid penalty and later a 10-second time penalty after colliding with Esteban Ocon. He ended up finishing 15th in the race.

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In the second race of the season, Sebastian thought he could do better, but that wasn’t the case. He had brake issues, even before the race had begun, and later had to retire the car due to problems with the gearbox.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Vettel will keep his fingers crossed for the third race of the season when it takes us to Portugal at the end of this month. He will be looking to bring his first points in his new British green overalls.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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