“What Was That?“: Sebastian Vettel Lashes Out on Aston Martin Over Baffling Qualifying F1 Result

Published 06/18/2022, 5:13 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 17, 2022 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix REUTERS/Chris Helgren

The Canadian Grand Prix is back after a two-year-back. The race in the circuit Gilles-Villeneuve has always proven to be an intriguing one. And with rain in play, Saturday’s qualifying saw some surprising results, but none surprising than Sebastian Vettel getting knocked out of Q1.

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The wet conditions in play were a huge test for the drivers as they struggled for visibility in Q1. However, Vettel and his Aston Martin set up seemed to have finally worked as the German finished P2 during the FP3 session earlier in the day in similar conditions.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 11, 2022 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel with the Ukraine national colours on his helmet during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

However, the Aston Martin driver finished P17 in qualifying, which concluded a promising start to Saturday with a disappointing result. He was a frustrated figure as he bemoaned on the radio, saying, “It can’t be, I mean what was that? So different to this morning, so different. It felt like the rear was broken. Ah, man!”

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This result was not ideal for the British team, who are in desperate need of points. To add to their woes, a dry race is predicted on Sunday which could prove to be a tough afternoon for Vettel and Co.

Can Sebastian Vettel bounce back?

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Aston Martin is currently struggling as they are 9th in the standings. Despite not racing for the first two Grand Prix, Vettel is the British team’s go to man. A P6 finish in Baku was an encouraging result which propelled the team to level the points with Haas.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 10, 2022 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The wet qualifying proved to be a stellar chance for both the drivers. However, as it turned out, Vettel and Lance Stroll are out of Q1. And they will start the race in P17 and P18, respectively.

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The race in Montreal has, however, proved to be an unpredictable race in the past. Moreover, this is one of Vettel’s happy hunting grounds. He won the race twice in 2013 and 2018 and came close to winning during the 2019 season. So, can the German bounce back after a poor qualifying? Leave your predictions in the comments.

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Rahul Madhavan

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Rahul Madhavan is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor's degree in business administration, he is pursuing his love for sports in the form of writing. Rahul is an avid McLaren fan, who also enjoys writing about soccer.

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