Vettel rages at Mazepin in qualy: ‘What a d***!’

Michelle Foster
Sebastian Vettel climbs out of his AMR21. Austin October 2021

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel climbs out of his AMR21 surrounded by mechanics. Austin October 2021

Sebastian Vettel became the latest driver to let rip at Nikita Mazepin after their near-miss in qualifying for the United States Grand Prix.

Out on track in Q1, Vettel was on a flying lap when he came across Mazepin.

The Haas driver didn’t exactly move over with the two coming a bit too close to touching for Vettel’s peace of mind.

“What a d***! I mean seriously what a ****!” he raged over the radio to his Aston Martin team.

The stewards noted the incident at Turn 3-5 but declared that no further action was necessary.

While Mazepin dropped out in Q1, slowest of all, Vettel progressed to Q2 where he finished 12th fastest.

The German was happy with the performance of his AMR21, finishing ahead of Fernando Alonso and George Russell, the other two drivers who’ll be joining him at the back of the grid thanks to engine penalties.

Vettel will start 18th ahead of Alonso and Russell.

He told the official F1 website: “Q2 we were backing off, Q1 was much better because in Q2 we didn’t want to go through to the top ten for the first time we didn’t want to.

“The car felt better today, I was happy.

“Shame we couldn’t show that but overall I’m reasonably happy with how the day went and our main objective was to beat George and Fernando, which we did.”


Asked if points were possible on Sunday, he replied: “We will see how fast.

“We got some more laps so we know what to expect. Now we’ll see if happens.”

Vettel has not scored a single point since his P5 at the Belgian Grand Prix, the four-time World Champion languishing down in 12th place in the Drivers’ Championship.