“You Can’t Always Be Cold” – Sebastian Vettel on Max Verstappen’s Approach

Published 10/08/2021, 6:31 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


The 2021 Formula One season has seven races, to be completed in ten weekends. And these seven races will decide if Max Verstappen will dethrone seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. Lewis is experienced in terms of fighting for championships as is displayed by the multiplicity of championships on his mantle.

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But Verstappen is doing a stellar job of keeping calm and handling all the pressure that is on his shoulders. Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel also spoke about this issue of pressure and appreciated Max Verstappen for handling the pressure the way he has.

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Sebastian Vettel impressed by Max Verstappen

Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel knows a thing or two about handling pressure, before the start of the hybrid era, he was unbeatable from 2011 to 2014. He won the 2011 world championship at the very last round, with many other drivers still in the race for the championship, notably Alonso.

Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Vettel says that he is particularly impressed by the calmness of Max Verstappen given that he is involved in a fight for his career’s first-ever world title.

“When something is very important to you and you care about it, you can’t always be cold and have everything under control. It was like that for me. But maybe Max is different in that sense”, Vettel analyzed.

He’s not a newcomer and doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. He is still young and potentially has a lot of time ahead of him in F1. That’s why he probably manages to have such a calm approach which is a great strength”, continued Vettel.

Vettel had lost out to Hamilton just a few years back

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Vettel himself was contending for the world title against Hamilton in 2017 and 2018, as a Ferrari driver. However, Hamilton proved to be superior in both those years and Vettel was left behind during the second half of the season.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin embraces Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes AMG Petronas in parc ferme after the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 01, 2021, in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

However this season, Max and Hamilton are only separated by 2 points. And neither one of them are ready to give the other even an inch of space. It’s very evident that the title fight will go down to the wire.

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Let us know who you think will clinch it all at the very end in the comments section below

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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