Sebastian Vettel Reveals the Only F1 Driver He Can Race Wheel to Wheel Without Any Fears

Published 12/10/2020, 9:21 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 10, 2020 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have had their fair share of battles in Formula 1. The rivals have gone toe-to-toe for Formula 1 world championships over the years. This has meant that more often than not, they have been engaging in wheel-to-wheel racing.

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Whenever drivers are fighting for positions on the track, it makes for a very exciting spectacle for the fans. However, it is no simple task. Going at 300km/hr in a tough duel, you have to place a degree of trust in your opponent. For a driver is just one dangerous move away from not only crashing out but facing more potentially catastrophic harm.

In this regard, the German driver has total faith in his British counterpart, that he would never use any malice to overtake or defend. In an exclusive interview with F1 insider, he praised Lewis for being tough but fair. “I never have any reservations about a tough duel with Lewis Hamilton.”

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Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is congratulated by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after winning the race and the world championship REUTERS/Clive Mason

But what is it about Hamilton that makes Vettel trust him so much? According to Vettel, it is the Briton’s history in the sport.

“Experience from the past. He has a total overview of the action and is now not without reason a seven-time world champion,” remarked the 4-time world champion

Sebastian Vettel did not always have this trust with Hamilton

The two modern greats now share a very cordial and respectful relationship. However, it wasn’t always like that. The two came to blows at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Briton was leading the Ferrari driver behind the safety car.

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He seemingly ‘brake-tested’ the German, who was furious. Filled with rage, Vettel came next to the Mercedes driver and rammed his car. Unsurprisingly, he got a time penalty for ‘dangerous driving.’ However, the Briton was infuriated with him in the post-race-interviews.

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Thankfully, all is well between the pair now. Their rivalry is more akin to Hakkinen-Schumacher than bitter, like Prost-Senna. To the extent where both of them regularly acknowledge each other’s greatness. Hopefully, fans can keep seeing them go wheel-to-wheel and enthrall with their battles for a few more years.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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