“The Dead Man, Then the Hero Again” – Raikkonen on Vettel Proving Critics Wrong at Aston Martin F1

Published 07/22/2021, 10:42 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY – AUGUST 30: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari walk in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on August 30, 2018 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Last year, Sebastian Vettel wasn’t having the best of seasons in Formula One. The four-time world champion found himself in thirteenth place with just 33 points in the drivers’ championship. Hence, many thought the German’s career in F1 was over.

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However, Vettel signed with Aston Martin for the 2021 season, and since then, he has seemed to have found his old form back. Many were beyond overjoyed to see a happy Seb, and the German’s former Ferrari teammate, and close friend, Kimi Raikkonen is also happy that Vettel has found his old self back.

Kimi Raikkonen is happy to see Sebastian Vettel bounce back in 2021

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Seb’s final year at the Scuderia was one to forget; the media had cast him as a has-been. Vettel was hoping that joining the Silverstone-based team would help revive his career. The German’s gamble paid off as he scored his much await podium at the Azerbaijan GP, where he came P2.

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

Talking to Sport1, Raikkonen said, “Yes, I was happy for him. As for the criticism: This is how Formula 1 works. You are the hero, the dead man, then the hero again. But I don’t give anything to it.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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Has the German bounced back?

Many assumed that Vettel’s career after leaving the Italian team was heading for a decline. And it seemed it was turning into a reality as in the first five races of the season, Vettel was finishing out of the points.

However, at the Monaco Grand Prix, fans witnessed a joyous comeback – the old Seb returned with a P5 finish and ten points. Then, at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he came in P2, scoring his first podium of the season, and Aston Martin’s first ever.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

As it stands, the 34-year-old currently sits in tenth place in the standings with 30 points to his name. The four-time world champion will be hoping to score some more points this season and to prove to his doubters that he isn’t done with F1 just yet.

What do you think about the German’ season so far? Can score more podiums and points? Let us know your prediction for Sebastian in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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