WATCH: Vettel Sends Aston Martin F1 Into Fits of Laughter With Cheeky Lewis Hamilton Reference

Published 11/13/2021, 4:25 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 13, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel after practice REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes


The rear wing controversy has not only marked the seriousness of the FIA rules but, ironically, has opened the doors for many jokes. While the FIA has warned drivers of more serious repercussions for the infringement of parc ferme regulations, all eyes turned to one man- Sebastian Vettel. Better known as Inspector Seb, the driver took a very hilarious dig at the talk of the weekend.

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As Vettel halted his Aston Martin behind the Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, the infamous rear wing stared right at him. “I’m going to touch Hamilton’s rear wing,” was the statement to the pit wall. Referring to the 50,000 euro penalty Max Verstappen incurred, Vettel’s race engineer warned him of the expenses.

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However, being the funny man he is, Vettel came up with a solution. “I’ll try the front wing, maybe it’s 25 grand.” Although probably less controversial to have a look at, with the FIA policing parc ferme, maybe it’s best if Inspector Seb went on vacation.

Mercedes, too, advised Vettel to keep his hands off the priced machine, once again making the entire situation a little lighter.

Sebastian Vettel and his infamous parc ferme antics

When the Stewards summoned Verstappen for touching the W12’s rear wing, all eyes turned to Sebastian Vettel. The man has more than violated the regulations surrounding parc ferme, having jumped and pushed cars around to test them.

Back in 2018, at the Russian GP, a red-clad Vettel is seen pushing a Mercedes with his foot. Surely worse compared to Verstappen’s thumb! Further, an FIA attendant calmly looks on as Vettel gathers the information he needed.

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This isn’t the only time Vettel’s had his fun in parc ferme, having infamously switched boards to prove a point. Regardless, if 50 grand was the fine for touching the rear wing, Vettel would have a lot more to empty if he went around pushing W12s today!

Nonetheless, the FIA has noted that despite there being strict regulations surrounding parc ferme procedures, drivers tend to check on their cars or the other cars. Although minor, usually such actions are harmless but could be considered tampering.

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With the competition only getting together, there can be no room for error. While Verstappen walked away unscathed from the situation, the FIA reminds drivers that their leniency will not be replicated again.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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