WATCH: Sebastian Vettel’s Close Call With Esteban Ocon in Imola

Published 04/19/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Sebastian Vettel could have got some flashbacks from this season’s Bahrain Grand Prix if he crashed into Alpine’s Esteban Ocon at Imola. The French driver was rejoining the pack, but could have been hit from behind by the four-time world champion. However, Vettel managed to keep it under control and ensure there was enough room.

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Vettel has learned from his mistakes in Bahrain when he crashed into Ocon on the track. That collision gave him a 10-second penalty to an already disappointing race. Hence Vettel made sure that history didn’t repeat itself at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The German didn’t have the best of races yet again with his second outing with the team. Before the lights went out, Vettel had brake issues and later in the race had to retire because of gearbox issues.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Sebastian Vettel almost takes out Ocon from the Grand Prix

Vettel was pushing the limits down the pit straight, but Ocon was rejoining the pack of drivers. Vettel’s years of experience helped avoid a collision with the French driver at the Italian circuit.

Ocon was lucky enough to have seen the chequered flag as he crossed the line in 9th place and brought home 2 points to his French team. While Germany’s Vettel had to bring in the car and retire due to gearbox issues.

Vettel will be looking to make amends at the next race

His first two starts for the Silverstone-based team didn’t go as planned. He didn’t score points in any of the races till now but is hoping to bag some in the upcoming Grand Prix.

The four-time world champion will be looking towards the Portugal Grand Prix at the end of this month. He would be looking to redeem himself and prove that he still has what it takes to be in Formula One.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Can Sebastian improve on his form and extract the most out of the car in Portugal? Or will problems still occur for the German champion? We can only wait and find out what Vettel has in store for us.

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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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