WATCH: Vettel & Sainz Engage in Amusing ‘Birthday’ Banter at the US GP Press Conference Aimed at Leclerc

Published 10/22/2021, 2:30 AM 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


Press conferences in Formula 1 are the best time for the media to pull out rather controversial and tricky questions to the drivers. However, that was not the case with Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz, who paired up for Thursday’s press conference in the build-up to the US GP.

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It is a known fact that Vettel is one of the funniest drivers on the grid when it comes to banters during press meets along with other F1 colleagues like Fernando Alonso. And yet again, the German proved it, as he caused a laughter riot alongside the Ferrari driver.

It all started with the interviewer questioning Sainz whether he had gifted his teammate, Charles Leclerc, on his birthday – October 16.

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Ahhhh… Happy birthday hug and nothing… Nothing, nothing. I actually forgot,” the Spaniard replied in a rather confused tone.

Subsequently, Vettel entered the conversation and said, “Nothing, nothing. That’s two nothings. It’s bad enough to have one nothing.”

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The conversation wasn’t over yet, as Vettel went on to question Sainz about his birthday. “When was your birthday?” he asked. And the Ferrari driver replied, “My birthday was on the 1st of September!

Now, Vettel transitioned into the interviewer, as he posted a similar question to Sainz. “What did Charles give you?Vettel asked.

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He didn‘t give me anything. I don‘t remember, so he probably gave me nothing,” Sainz said. Then arrived what could be the funniest end to the conversation. “So you gave nothing nothing back!” Vettel hilariously countered.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 21, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

This particular press conference showed glimpses of the classic Vettel that used to cause roars of laughter during his Red Bull days. However, despite keeping his character alive after all these years, his on-track journey has certainly taken a detour.

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From race-winning Red Bull to podium-gaining Ferrari to the slowest mid-fielders, Aston Martin; The downfall has been quite evident. Yes, one can see Aston Martin’s desperation to bounce back by as early as 2022. But, what if they don’t? Will Vettel continue to put his faith in the British outfit beyond 2022? Or will he call it quits?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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