WATCH: The Hilarious Gaffe Vettel Made While Trying to Celebrate Alonso’s 40th Birthday in Hungary

Published 07/29/2021, 9:11 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Fernando Alonso is currently in Budapest, preparing for the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. Incidentally, it’s also his birthday week, and he was surprised when old rival Sebastian Vettel decided to join in on his birthday celebrations at the drivers’ press conference in Hungary.

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The 4-time world champion Vettel brought in something special for Alonso. However, in true Seb fashion, he made everyone laugh when he shot the party popper the wrong way.

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I will shave, and I will look very young! – Fernando Alonso on his birthday plans

As reported by Motorsport, Fernando saw the funny side when he was asked about his birthday plans and how he feels about turning 40. The two-time world champion gave a very cheeky answer regarding his age.

“I will go on the [sunbed], I will be tanned, I will shave, and I will look very young!” Alonso said.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

“We’ll eat some cake. But apart from that, it’s going to be a very normal weekend. I feel 25. So whatever number it says in the passport, it’s not what I feel.” said Alonso.

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Honestly, after the accident at the beginning of the year, in the first couple of races, [there was] still a part of the stress of coming back to the sport.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 25, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

“I was concerned about the jaw, about the shoulder as well, that I had a small, small injury. But now, I’m super, super fit and I am 200%. So, you know, [Hungary] is another number,” said Alonso.

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The Spaniard is currently leading the charge at Alpine and would look to capitalize in Hungary as the circuit should suit the car.

Can Alonso celebrate his birthday in style in Hungary? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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