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WATCH: 5 times Sebastian Vettel dropped the F-bomb during F1

2019-05-16 05:30
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WARNING: This article contains strong language

Following the recent Spanish GP, Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari were left further trailing Mercedes. Not only did the F1 team suffer another defeat at the hands of their long-time rivals but they also conceded a position to Red Bull's Max Verstappen. 

Finishing the race in fourth place, a Dutch reporter asked Vettel to summarise his last five years, to which Vettel replied: "F**k you. Okay?" Vettel's response can be attributed to many things but the biggest of them could be his frustration with a team that's been failing to achieve a championship victory for years.

The 2018 season was perhaps Ferrari and Vettel's best chance to topple Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes but poor decision-making and driver errors cost them dearly.

Still, given that interviews are conducted off-track, Vettel's heat-of-the-moment outbursts are unnecessary.  There are many more moments when Vettel lost his cool but here are five instances when the veteran F1 driver dropped the F-bomb.

1.  Turkey 2010 

In 2010, Vettel was driving for Red Bull Racing and would he win the first of four consecutive races that year.

Vettel was fighting hard against team mate Mark Webber, as well as Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who led the championship for most of the season until the end of the last race in Abu Dhabi when Vettel would eventually win the title.

But it was during the Turkish GP, with less than 18 laps to go, that the two Red Bull drivers collided and handed the win to McLaren-Mercedes. Webber led the race, followed by Vettel, and the two collided when Vettel saw a chance to go for first place. 

2. Hungary 2010 

Still dwelling in 2010, the Hungarian GP was the twelfth round of the championship and Vettel secured pole position. The race, however, was a different story and did an intense battle ensue between the Red Bull drivers and Alonso.  

During the race, the safety car was deployed and drivers dived into the pits for fresh rubber.

Not Webber.

He stayed out and managed to eke out enough of a gap to retain his position ahead of Alonso after his pit stop.

But Vettel, who fell too far behind the safety car, was penalised with a drive-through penalty and rejoined the race behind Webber and Alonso.

Needless to say, he wasn't a happy man. Webber won by more than 20 seconds and Vettel had to settle for third place after failing to pass Alonso.

3. Abu Dhabi, podium 2012 

Abu Dhabi 2012 was the first time since 2009 that Kimi Raikkonen would win a race, and after that he'd only win again on two occasions: The last being the 2018 US GP.

Be that as it may, when Raikkonen is on the podium you can be assured of some colourful words, but what was not on the cards was Vettel's inclination to feed into that. 

In his post-race comments, after finishing the race in third place, Vettel said that he and the team did their best in qualifying with a car that did not have Lotus' or Ferrari's performance, and that they can be glad for not "f**king" it up. 

Well hey now! Look at you using such big words. Skip to the 1min-mark for Vettel's interview.

4. Russia 2016 

Does the name name Daniil Kvyat ring a bell? The young driver who so famously got the nickname "The Torpedo" because he crashed into drivers with his erratic driving style?

Vettel was at the receiving end of a few of those hits and the last straw for Kvyat came at his home Grand Prix when he (again!) knocked into Vettel. Not once, but twice! 

The race had barely got underway when Kvyat drove his Red Bull into the rear of Vettel's Ferrari. Fast-forward a few hundred metres and Kvyat does it again, sending Vettel spinning and crashing into the barricades. 

Vettel yelled over the radio: "For f**k's sake! Who the f**k?! I'm out, somebody hit me in the f**king rear! Honestly!"

That would also be the last time Kvyat would race for Red Bull Racing, as he was demoted back to Toro Rosso and Max Verstappen promoted to the top team.

And at the next race, the Spanish GP, Verstappen would claim his first win in F1. 

5. Mexico 2016 

With Kvyat's demotion and Verstappen now in the biggest seat of his racing career, Vettel's woes with Red Bull would be far from over.

To this day he still has run-ins with his former team and the driver at the helm of those run-ins is the very Verstappen who made the step up earlier in the year. 

During the closing stages of the Mexican GP, Verstappen was battling for position with Vettel and did the Ferrari driver close the gap to Verstappen with each passing lap.

But Verstappen, being very hard headed and determined to prove a point, performed a few risky moves to maintain the position.

He even locked his brakes, drove off the track and rejoined ahead still ahead of Vettel.  

And what's more, he deliberately drove slower so that his team mate, Daniel Ricciardo, could close the gap to Vettel and launch an assault for position.  

Vettel, who was battling Verstappen for third place, eventually finished the race in fifth place and Ricciardo managed to secure third. Verstappen was fourth. 

Needless to say, Vettel was not a very happy.

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