WATCH: Sebastian Vettel Pokes Fun at Verstappen Over F1 Track Limits Ahead of Monaco GP

Published 05/20/2021, 10:54 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


During the F1 pre-race press conference, Sebastian Vettel was in his element. First and foremost, he started things off with a joke, though it was not very well-received. Immediately after that, he took a cheeky swipe at Max Verstappen, who was sitting next to him. Luckily, the Red Bull driver took the joke in his stride and did not react too much.

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Vettel said, “It’s [Monaco] a nice circuit. I think the particular challenge is that there is no room for error. So I think track limits may be its more of a question for Max. Track limits come naturally, so I think we look forward to this race.

“There’s so much history, this year will be slightly different because there is not much atmosphere.”

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Nevertheless, the Monte Carlo street circuit is quite special, which is why many drivers find that it is special to win at the track. However, Vettel did admit that while the street circuit offers a nice challenge, the flip side of the coin is that it could be a bit boring.

Sebastian Vettel will be hoping for a fruitful weekend

Admittedly, the Aston Martin team is not as strong as its predecessor, Racing Point. However, Vettel and teammate Lance Stroll are trying their level best to bring up the team from scratch. With a driver of Vettel’s experience in the team, his expertise will be well-appreciated and highly valued.

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Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Sebastian Vettel already managed to break into the Top 10 in the opening practice session. Now, he just has to maintain his pace over the rest of the weekend and hope for a good qualifying and a points finish.

While all that was going on, Verstappen himself ended the opening session in third place, behind teammate Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jr. Pierre Gasly was fourth, ahead of the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

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