The race in Budapest was unique, filled with crashes, many drivers who got a “Did Not Finish” and some great surprises.
If one of them can easily be the maiden win of the French driver Esteban Ocon, the other is clearly his runner-up, Sebastian Vettel. Finally, the German made it to get back on the podium and bring points and honour to Aston Martin for the second time of the season, and it is only the end of the first half yet.
One could expect him to be almost enthusiastic about this result that came out completely out of the blue, but the driver definitely is not that happy.
Sebastian Vettel is indeed a champion, who is used to winning and looking at the top prize so he feels like he could have done more, exploiting the unique situation of this Grand Prix.
A performance to be proud of. 💚— Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) August 1, 2021
Join Seb as he debriefs a close-fought #HungarianGP.
“I am a bit disappointed but Esteban didn't do a single mistake.” – said the Aston Martin driver, who was correct as usual, and waited for Ocon to arrive to congratulate him. Then, he talked about the Hungaroring, a track that is particularly friendly to him and his driving style.
“It's not an easy track to overtake. It's a great result for us but when it's that close you are always looking at the win than second,” said the German right after having crossed the chequered flag.
So, where does the disappointment come from?
"We are very close on Esteban in terms of pace. I pushed so hard for him to make a mistake,” he explained, saying that he thought he could do more
However, in this weekend Vettel won more than a deserved, precious second place. He won the honour and respect of a man that is not afraid to speak for those who still have no right and he showed for the whole Grand Prix his rainbow flag, mask and t-shirt against homophobia. And that’s even more precious than a medal.