Vettel Questions Morality of F1’s ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ After Alonso Incident

Published 07/03/2021, 11:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Yet another intense qualifying at the Red Bull Ring is over, with Max Verstappen taking pole position at the Austrian Grand Prix. Admittedly, there was joy at during quali, but there was tension as well; Sebastian Vettel accidentally came in Fernando Alonso’s way as he was trying to set his lap, which was crucial to get him to into Q3.

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The German did apologize to Alonso as he went past him around the track but feels that a penalty isn’t justified, as various other drivers have done the same over the weekend in Austria.

Sebastian Vettel thinks the Gentlemen’s code hasn’t been respected

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After the quali session, Vettel said, “Well, I only saw very late, not much I could have done and I think its the fault of the drivers ahead that keep jumping the queue and I don’t think that his right, and not what we sort of agreed on.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Being asked about the Gentlemen’s code, Vettel jokingly replied, “Has it ever been in place.” 

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A mammoth task ahead for the German

The four-time world champion managed to qualify eighth for the Austrian Grand Prix but knows the obstacles that he will need to overcome to have a good race tomorrow.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during qualifying REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Last weekend saw the German cross the line in fourteenth place, resulting in him going empty-handed from that race. However, round two at the Red Bull Ring isn’t over, and Seb believes that he can redeem himself and have a better result this week.

The Aston Martin driver knows how important points are for the Silverstone based-team and starting in eighth place tomorrow does give him to bag some points for the team. Question is, can Sebastian deliver on race day, or will have a similar fate as Styria? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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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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