WATCH: Vettel’s Awkward Joke Ends in Silence During Monaco GP F1 Press Conference

Published 05/20/2021, 10:08 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


Sebastian Vettel proves his status as a hugely funny driver on a number of occasions. However, there does come a time when a comedian’s jokes fall flat. The German driver experienced one such moment during the pre-race press conference for the Monaco GP. Unfortunately, for him, nobody really got the joke, and he was left disappointed.

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The joke went something like this, “So there’s this matchstick climbing the hill. It’s all sweaty because it is exhausted. Nearly at the top of the hill, there’s this hedgehog walking by. The matchstick goes, ‘Oh! If only I had known there was a bus! I would have taken the bus.'”

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Alongside Vettel, Max Verstappen quipped that the interviewer had a nice reaction to the joke. Unfortunately, Vettel was still disappointed, because he was asked to tell a joke after the last press conference. Now that he delivered, as promised, the reaction was a little bit underwhelming.

Ahead of the Monaco GP, Sebastian Vettel has endured a tough season

Admittedly, the German driver has moved to Aston Martin for a fresh start. This was after he suffered a nightmarish stint at Scuderia Ferrari. However, his progress has been a bit too sluggish for his liking in the first few races of the season. On the bright side, he is slowly and steadily finding his feet in the team and is able to keep up with teammate Lance Stroll.

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

Now, the German driver heads to the principality of Monaco, a track where he has often performed well at. Vettel currently has amassed seven podiums at the Monaco GP. However, it would be presumptuous to assume that he could add to his tally in this year’s race, barring something dramatic.

Until then, he is simply focusing on building up the Aston Martin team. Given his experience and technical knowledge, Sebastian Vettel will be a huge asset, and he can even help mentor Lance Stroll. For now, Vettel will train his efforts on the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

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