Vettel’s Fire Marshall Role Triggers Exchange Between Red Bull, Mercedes & Aston Martin F1

Published 09/03/2021, 8:53 AM EDT
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


The first practice session at Zandvoort was red-flagged for 30 minutes. This was a result of engine failure in Vettel’s Aston Martin. Upon stopping his car, Sebastian Vettel got out of the machine and took over the role of a fire marshall. Adding to the list of his talents related to the sport, Twitter admins praised the legend in their own special way.

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A back-and-forth banter took place amongst team Twitter admins during the red-flagged period. In the one with Mercedes, the two British teams took time to sort through the various titles of Sebastian Vettel.

Mercedes started with the tweet: “Sebastian Vettel. 4 x F1 World Champion. Fireman.” Aston Martin then corrected the tweet, adding a few more names to the list. “Sebastian Vettel. 4 x F1 World Champion. Fireman. Activist. Mechanic. Detective. Baker.Captain.” 

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Mercedes noted one more title missing:

Red Bull and Williams join in

Soon, other racing teams joined in on the praise. Soon there was the banter between Williams and Aston Martin. The British teams went back to a childhood favorite: the theme song of Fireman Sam.

Red Bull Racing joined in on the conversation between Mercedes and Aston Martin. Looks like the teams forgot a few more titles to the list.

There is a lot to the man behind the wheel it seems.

Sebastian Vettel, the fire marshall, and disappointed driver

The engine failure at Zandvoort is Vettel’s third this season. The German reported issues and was forced to pull over the Aston Martin. Smoke poured out of the car, and after a moment of confusion, Vettel got to action. He eventually found a fire extinguisher and sprayed the machine with foam to prevent anything serious from happening.

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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

After a long wait, the marshalls finally moved the car from the track. Vettel was in the spotlight, though. Despite his visible disappointment, he knew exactly what to do; the kind of quick knowledge other drivers on the grid may lack. After quickly extinguishing and checking his car, Vettel was deflated. The session was important to understand the new circuit, and Vettel couldn’t even start it.

Although there is time for the second session, it doesn’t look like Vettel will be hitting the tracks this Friday. It’s no doubt the Aston Martin engineers will do their best to salvage the car, at least in time for the final practice session on Saturday morning.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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