Sport Vettel defiant: ‘They can disqualify me…I’d do it again’
Vettel, Sainz, Mazepin warned by stewards
Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz and Nikita Mazepin have gotten away with warnings after making illegal practice starts at Silverstone. © PA Images Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin PA The race director’s notes for the British Grand Prix weekend stated drivers were required to make practice starts as far forward on the grid as possible. On Saturday, Vettel, Sainz and Mazepin were adjudged not to have done so and investigations by the stewards were therefore launched into each of them.
Sebastian Vettel remained defiant after being called before the Hungarian Grand Prix stewards for a breach of “pre-race procedure”.
Thedriver had just found himself in a position he has not experienced for some time – challenging for a race victory.
After a chaotic start on a wet track, Vettel avoided the trouble that ended the hopes of several rivals at Turn 1 and ultimately he andwere left to .
After running within a couple of seconds of the Alpine for most of the race, the German had to settle for his second runner-up finish of the campaign.
What Verstappen can learn from Vettel’s failed title bid
If Max Verstappen wants to prevail, he needs to learn from Sebastian Vettel's failed attempt to beat Lewis Hamilton to the title in 2017. © PA Images Singapore-2017-crash-PA The Dutchman is the first man to really take the fight to Hamilton over the course of a season since Vettel did so in both 2017 and 2018. On both occasions, the German’s title charge unravelled, and Verstappen can take from lessons from the first of those campaigns, in particular, to ensure he doesn’t suffer the same fate.
But then he, Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll were all summoned by the stewards regarding incidents relating to Formula 1’s unity message which is promoted before the race.
In his case, Vettel received a reprimand for not following the race director’s instruction. His offence was not removing his T-shirt – which had a rainbow design with the message ‘Same Love’ – before the national anthem was played.
His explanation to the stewards was that he “forgot to take off the T-shirt in time because of the onset of rain”.
However, in his media interviews, he was defiant having expressed his support for the LGBTQ+ community in a country which had passed a number of anti-gay laws last month.
Video: Hamilton and Verstappen crash aftermath (PlanetF1)
Schumacher dirts over refuse collector Vettel
Sporty Sebastian Vettel takes place on the spot again. Now Ralf Schumacher also reports to his appearance in Silverstone. © Provided by sport1.de Schumacher dirts about garbage collector Vettel Who has the damage, does not need to worry about the mockery! to Sebastian Vettel in the meantime high with points in Monaco, Azerbaijan and France now reigned again the four-time world champion.
“I heard it’s because I left the [rainbow] shirt on for the national anthem,” Vettel told Sky F1 when asked why he had been called to the stewards.
“I’m happy…they can disqualify me. They can do whatever they want to me, I don’t care. I would do it again.”
Vettel was also quoted telling the assembled press in the paddock: “When you see how many people are still messing with that, it’s not the worst thing if we have to leave this planet at some point.
“We all stand before the race where we have all these nice slogans and yet it seems to be a problem for some people.
“Sad world in some regards, but if it helps for supporting those people who suffer in countries that are part of the EU, I’m happy to express my support.”
You’ve done us so proud, Seb.
— Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1)
Vettel hoped for more in Hungary qualifying
Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll both thought a higher grid slot was possible for the Hungarian Grand Prix. © PA Images Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso The midfield battle was as tight as ever when the cars qualified in the extreme heat of the Hungaroring, driving in difficult conditions caused by track temperatures above 60°C – with Vettel eventually ending up P10 on the grid.
Vettel made a couple of attempts to overtake Ocon into Turn 1, namely after he had tried to undercut the Alpine and when they closed on a backmarker, but could never quite do so – a one-second delay in his pit-stop also proved costly.
Despite finishing second in Azerbaijan earlier this season, it was the closest he has been to standing on the top step of the podium since the 2019 season with Ferrari.
“I am a bit disappointed but Esteban didn’t do a single mistake,” added Vettel.
“It’s not an easy track to overtake on. It’s a great result for us, but when it’s that close you are always looking at the win than second.”
Aston Martin pulls protest against Sebastian Vettel's Disqualification Back .
© Motorsport Images Aston Martin pulls protest against Vettel-DQ back The Formula 1 racing team Aston Martin has withdrawn his appeal against the disqualification of Sebastian Vettel at Hungary Grand Prix . This was announced by the racing team on Thursday. Thus, the scoring exclusion against the Heppenheimer is final.