Would Have Preferred Sebastian Vettel to Collect Points, Not Litter at Silverstone: Ralf Schumacher

Published 07/23/2021, 4:03 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Sebastian Vettel received a worldly appreciation from the F1 fandom for the German’s actions following the British Grand Prix race weekend. Despite enduring a disappointing end to the weekend at Silverstone, Vettel went on to collect rubbish from the stands, left out by the spectators.

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What’s more, the 4-time world champion visited an incineration plant to gain awareness around the management of waste. Looking at his actions, Former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, lauded the Aston Martin driver for his ‘rubbish collection drive’ at Silverstone.

However, the 7-time world champion’s brother was displeased with the fact that Vettel couldn’t collect points on the track. Vettel was on the path to secure decent points for the team, but, then arrived the spin, which has been one of Vettel’s game-stoppers.

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What did Ralf Schumacher say?

As reported by Motorsport-Total, Schumacher reckoned he would have been extremely happy had Vettel crossed home in the top 10 at Silverstone.

I thought it was great that he picked up the rubbish. But, I would have been happy if he had also collected a few points,” Schumacher said.

Before the spin, Vettel was running well inside the top 10. However, during the restart on lap 4, Vettel cracked under pressure from Fernando Alonso. The German ended up spinning around the old pit lane, falling down from a healthy P6 to the last on the grid.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

That potentially sabotaged his race, as he found himself stuck amidst a much slower bottom-field pack. Despite desperate efforts, Vettel couldn’t manage to get his car within the top 15.

Hence, with a few laps left in hand, Aston Martin ordered Vettel to retire his car, putting an early end to the rather heartbreaking race.

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Ralf is absolutely gutted to see the 4-time world champion inching towards his Ferrari struggles again after a brief strong phase this season.

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That’s a shame,” Ralf said. “I would have been happy for him if this momentum had continued from the races where he was very strong.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with a trophy on the podium after finishing in second place REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

After a shaky start to 2021, Vettel’s fortunes took a drastic turn at Monaco, where the German managed to secure P5. What followed was an incredible weekend at Baku, where Vettel handed Aston Martin their first podium in F1, with another top 10 finish at Le Castellet.

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However, Silverstone marked Vettel’s third consecutive non-scoring weekend since then. Hence, can the Aston Martin driver get back on the horse amidst the poor run of form? Only time will tell.

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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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