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Formula 1: Vettel engine victim reaches minimum target in Austin qualification

Sebastian Vettel (34) had only one goal in qualifying for the US Grand Prix in Austin – and the Aston Martin star achieved that!
Vettel’s qualifying kicked off with an excitement, however: Haas driver Nikita Mazepin stood in his way on a fast lap. Vettel therefore uses a similar vocabulary on the radio as Max Verstappen the day before in his rant against Lewis Hamilton.

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Despite the blockade, the Hessian survived the first session – unlike his teammate Lance Stroll, who was 16th. In the team’s internal qualifying duel, Vettel is 10: 7.

Sebastian Vettel in Austin

However, that was not his primary goal. He wanted to beat George Russell (Williams) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine) on his own. Background: Because of the exchange of various engine components, the German has to move back on the starting grid. However, because he shares this fate with Russell and ex-arch-rival Alonso, Vettel’s ambition is aroused in Q2 to at least leave these two behind. That succeeds in twelfth place. Russell’s fastest lap is canceled because the track limits are exceeded. Alonso has to pull teammate Esteban Ocon in the slipstream.

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“We had to beat Russell and Alonso and we did it,” Vettel draws a conciliatory conclusion after qualifying. “We could have made it into the top 10 today, but we weren’t interested in that. It was just about being in front of the people we had to stay in front of. “

The Heppenheimer will start the Grand Prix on Sunday in 18th place and can now lead the group of three catch-ups. “The car was okay today, so we can be quite satisfied. So far, the whole weekend has been going well. We also think we know what to expect in the race and are prepared for it, ”says the German, who logically only dealt with the race set-up for the whole weekend.

The Heppenheimer will start the Grand Prix on Sunday in 18th place and can now lead the group of three catch-ups. “The car was okay today, so we can be quite satisfied. So far, the whole weekend has been going well. We also think we know what to expect in the race and are prepared for it, ”says the German, who logically only dealt with the race set-up for the whole weekend.

That, in turn, should be an advantage for Vettel in the end. Reason: His Aston Martin should handle the tires more gently than the competitors’ riders, who also had to be quick in qualifying.

Status qualifying duels 2021:

Lewis Hamilton – Valtteri Bottas 14: 3
Max Verstappen – Sergio Pérez 15-2
Lando Norris – Daniel Ricciardo 11: 6
Lance Stroll – Sebastian Vettel 7:10
Esteban Ocon – Fernando Alonso 8: 9
Charles Leclerc – Carlos Sainz 12: 5
Pierre Gasly – Yuki Tsunoda 17-0
Kimi Raikkonen – Antonio Giovinazzi 5:11
Mick Schumacher – Nikita Mazepin 15: 2
George Russell 17-0 Nicholas Latifi

Formula 1 Grand Prix of the USA
Qualifying:

1. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull 1: 32.910 min.
2. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes +0.209 sec.
3. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull +0.224
4. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Mercedes +0.565
5. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari +0.696
6. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spain) – Ferrari +0.882
7. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren +0.898
8. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren +0.977
9. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri +1.208
10. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri +2.008
11. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine 1: 35.377 min.
12. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin 1: 35,500
13. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) – Alfa Romeo 1: 35.794
14. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine 1: 44.549
15. George Russell (Great Britain) – Williams – no time in Q2
16. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin 1: 35.983
17. Nicholas Latifi (Canada) – Williams 1: 35,995
18. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) – Alfa Romeo 1: 36.311
19. Mick Schumacher (Gland / Switzerland) – Haas 1: 36.499
20. Nikita Masepin (Russia) – Haas 1: 36.796

Formula 1 on TV

Formula 1 will run at Sky in 2021. The station is setting up its own TV station for the new era: Sky Formula 1. Here there is motorsport 24 hours a day. All training sessions, all qualifying sessions, all races always live and without commercial breaks. Sky also broadcasts the Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races. The program also includes historical races and special programs. You can find more information here

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