Watch: Sebastian Vettel’s Classy Move on Fernando Alonso at the Imola GP That Went Under the Radar

Published 04/25/2022, 2:04 PM EDT
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 2, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference Hassan Ammar/Pool via REUTERS

The Imola GP was full of thrilling battles, like the one between Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc for the second place. But there was also a great battle going on in the mid-field between two veterans, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

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The rivalry between the two former Ferrari drivers is not unknown to the F1 fans. Who can forget those great battles between Vettel and Alonso when they used to drive for Red Bull and Ferrari? But after Alonso’s retirement from F1 after 2019, every fan thought that was the last time when they witnessed Vettel-Alonso battles.

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However, the Spaniard returned to the sport last season and joined Alpine. Meanwhile, the four-time world champion joined Aston Martin. Fans were thrilled as they got to see those infamous battle ones again. Even in 2022, fans are getting to witness the battle of two world champions.

Recently at the Emilia Romagna GP, Vettel and Alonso were fighting in the midfield. The Spaniard overtook the German, but the former Red Bull driver soon took back the position from the Alpine driver. However, that was the last battle between the two in Imola. Because the Alpine A522’s damaged sidepod forced Alonso to retire.

Sebastian Vettel is happy with the P8 in Imola

The Aston Martin had a poor start this season. They have been struggling to score points. Till recently, they were sitting at the bottom of the constructors’ standing with 0 points. However, everything changed for the British driver after the Emilia Romagna GP.

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Both the Aston Martin drivers finished in the Top 10. The four-time world champion started on P13 but moved up to five places and finished at P8. Meanwhile his teammate, Lance Stroll, also moved five places in the race, starting at P15 and finishing at P10. So, they gained 5 points for their team and Aston Martin moved up to P9 on the table.

Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 3, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during practise REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

After the race, Vettel shared his joy to even finish eighth with his car, which is not the fastest on the grid. Vettel said, “It’s like a victory. We have to be honest, we are not the fastest at the minute. I think we are pretty much at the other side of the field. But today we did really well, the weekend helped us with the conditions, but we managed to capitalize.”

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Aston Martin duo will again race in the upcoming Miami GP. It would be fascinating to see if the British F1 team’s drivers can again finish in the top 10.

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

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