Vettel Has ‘No Advice’ for Verstappen After Failing to Beat Lewis Hamilton

Published 05/20/2021, 5:42 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Ahead of the race weekend in Monaco, F1 managed to rope in Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen together for Wednesday’s press conference. Interestingly, both these drivers have experienced something in common – battling for the title against Lewis Hamilton.

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While Vettel has had years of rivalry with Hamilton, the other is steadily creeping into that phase since the start of this season.

There is no opposing that Hamilton and Vettel were part of what could be one of the finest F1 rivalries in over a decade.

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Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

It all started when Vettel leapfrogged to Red Bull, whose dominance ignited in 2010. But the best phase of their rivalry was undeniably between 2017 and 2018 when the German was racing for Ferrari.

Hence, considering the similarities between Vettel and Verstappen, the interviewer asked the four-time world champion if he had any advice for the uprising Dutchman.

However, Vettel responded that his pursuit of defeating the seven-time world champion ended in failure. Hence, he considered himself unworthy of giving tips to Verstappen, a feisty young driver who is looking to succeed.

Lewis Hamilton beat me: Vettel

During the press conference, Vettel clarified that he will not be giving Verstappen any advice on how to beat Hamilton amidst their looming rivalry.

No advice. I think obviously I didn’t succeed. Lewis beat me,” Vettel said.

So, it’s better not to give him any advice. I guess he wants to succeed and yeah, it’s a long year and there’s a lot of races. So, it doesn’t work like this. So I’m not giving him any advice.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

As of now, only 14 points separate the leader, Hamilton from the second-placed Verstappen. Hence, the initial four races sum up that the battle is all set to go down to the wire.

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This is because everyone knows that Mercedes ends a season’s development much earlier than other teams. Hence, this is potentially going to hand Red Bull a late advantage, similar to past years.

Only this time, they are likely to be much closer to Mercedes than before on the table. So, despite lagging behind Mercedes at the moment, will Red Bull gain the upper hand as we move deeper into the 2021 season?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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