VIDEO: Astonishing Scenes as Sebastian Vettel Scrambles to Save His F1 Car from Fire at Zandvoort

Published 09/03/2021, 6:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


The Dutch Grand Prix weekend is underway, with the first practice session taking place. However, there already has been an incident with Sebastian Vettel as the German was zipping around Zandvoort, smoke was seen coming out of his Aston Martin.

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The 4-time world champion would have hoped that his weekend could have gotten off to a better start. Instead, it was ruined, as his power unit went up in smoke, forcing the German out of the car to retrieve a fire extinguisher.

Sebastian Vettel tries to save his Aston Martin from bursting into flames

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After having a disappointing race last weekend at Spa. The German was hoping to kick things off in the Netherlands. However, obstacles seem to find their way in front of him just as he’s looking to pick up some much-needed momentum.

He stopped at turn one of the track, immediately got out of the car, ran to get an extinguisher, and received some assistance from the marshalls. With the session being red-flagged, he got into the medical car and headed back to his team’s garage.

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A difficult start to the weekend for the German

After having a bad start in FP1 where found himself to be second last on the timesheet, and had engine problems. The German would hope to bounce back in the second session later in the day.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard

The 34-year-old hopes that his engine problems aren’t repeated in FP2 later on Friday evening, and aims to get a good lap time around Zandvoort to give hope to the Silverstone-based outfit to have a better weekend.

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Still getting used to the Dutch track, most drivers including the 4-times world champion are hoping to find the pace, and get the most out of his Mercedes-powered car to have a successful weekend.

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What are your predictions for Sebastian in FP2 at Zandvoort? Will he redeem himself or have a similar set of problems? Let us know 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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