WATCH: Ex-Ferrari Teammates Vettel & Raikkonen Crash Heavily at Austrian GP

Published 07/04/2021, 11:05 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY – AUGUST 30: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari walk in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on August 30, 2018 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Chaos ensued at the Austrian Grand Prix as former Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel collided at the end of the last lap of the race. Although the two drivers were out of the points, the crash brought out yellow flags in Sector Two.

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Raikkonen was P12 heading into Turn 4 ahead of Vettel, who was in P13. Despite the Finn making the corner, Vettel unsighted him by lunging down the inside, which ultimately sent both drivers off the track.

How did Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel fare in the Austrian Grand Prix?

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Although Vettel qualified P8 for the race, his three-place grid penalty saw him start from P11 alongside former teammate Charles Leclerc. Despite the German briefly being in the points and on a two-stop strategy, he didn’t pose a threat to the top 10 towards the end of the race.

Besides that, the crash with Raikkonen meant he didn’t finish the race. Vettel‘s teammate, Lance Stroll finished P13 to cap off a disappointing day for Aston Martin.

Despite qualifying P16, Raikkonen made good gains in the opening laps. However, the Alfa Romeo lacked the race pace to move into the points, with the crash summing up the Finn’s Sunday. The 41-year-old ultimately finished P16, two places behind teammate Antonio Giovinazzi.

Where do Vettel, Raikkonen and their teams stand in the championship?

Vettel dropped to tenth place in the driver’s championship after failing to add to his tally of 30 points earlier today. In contrast, his former Ferrari teammate Raikkonen stayed at 15th despite scoring just one point in nine races.

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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

While neither of their teams scored points, Aston Martin fell four points behind AlphaTauri in the constructors’ championship. Alfa Romeo, on the other hand remain eighth, with just two points under their belt.

With the next race in two weeks time, both drivers will need the gap in order to come back stronger. In addition, Vettel hopes he can return to the points in Aston Martin’s home race at Silverstone on July 18.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, 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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