WATCH: Belgian GP Witnesses 1st F1 Paddock Football Match Between Vettel & Schumacher Amid Rain Drama

Published 08/29/2021, 1:30 PM 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


While fans around the world eagerly waited for the Belgian Grand Prix, rain at Spa-Francorchamps delayed the start by a significant period. However, Sebastian Vettel continued to entertain fans by engaging in various activities in the paddock.

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During the prolonged delay, the German took to a football game against his compatriot Mick Schumacher.

Sebastian Vettel takes on Mick Schumacher in friendly football game

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The Belgian Grand Prix initially had a start time of 3:00pm local time. However, torrential rain and treacherous track conditions saw repeated delays in the race’s start. Although a formation lap did take place, the FIA suspended start procedures owing to poor visibility.

As rain continued to pour, all 20 drivers left their cars in the pit lane and took to passing time in the paddock. Almost all those activities took up real estate on social media, with Vettel‘s game against Schumacher featuring among them.

Along with them, both drivers called on one of their team members to play with them. They used racks as goals and a small, light ball to kick around. Although Haas led Aston Martin 8-6 when they posted the tweet, the final score remains for the fans to speculate.

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Vettel qualified fifth for the rain-hit Belgian Grand Prix

Despite qualifying on Saturday witnessing difficult conditions, Vettel put in an impressive lap on intermediate tires to qualify P5.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during qualifying REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Although the German admitted he could have finished higher, he recorded his best qualifying session since joining Aston Martin. With the conditions today putting the race in jeopardy, Vettel scored a P5 finish after the FIA decided not to resume the race.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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