Brazilian GP: Loose screw Vettel's F1 car led to cheeky radio joke

Sebastian Vettel says a loose screw in his Ferrari Formula 1 car's cockpit prompted the cheeky joke he made to his team during the second Brazilian Grand Prix practice session

Brazilian GP: Loose screw Vettel's F1 car led to cheeky radio joke

In a radio message broadcast on F1's coverage of FP2 at Interlagos, Vettel reported to his team during the session that "there's something loose between my legs. Apart from the obvious".

He added: "Something [is] bouncing around between my feet. I'd be proud if it's what you thought it was but..."

The four-time world champion explained afterwards that he immediately realised the innuendo of the initial comment and "maybe it came out wrong".

"I think the biggest worry we had today was a little screw that came loose and was somewhere between my feet," he said.

"We found it in the end! "I said it [the message], and once I said it I thought 'no, don't get it wrong!' so I had to say it again. It was funny.

"But we found it in the end, it was a little screw."

Vettel ended the session third-fastest behind the two Mercedes drivers, but was less than a tenth slower than pacesetter Valtteri Bottas.

He was second-quickest in the opening session but said tyre wear is already looking like an issue ahead of the weekend and Ferrari still needs to improve the balance of the car.

Asked to sum up the rest of the day, Vettel said: "Bigger than the screw. I think it was OK.

"I did decent laps, I think we learned about the tyres. We still have to improve the car because it doesn't feel good yet, still some work to do.

"If we get the balance in the window tomorrow then it [the battle] can be tight."

Vettel's title challenge was finally ended in Mexico two weeks ago when Lewis Hamilton clinched a fifth championship.

However, Ferrari retains a relatively-outside shot at winning the constructors' crown. It lost ground thanks to a combination of mistakes and poor development direction, but Vettel feels it is back on track.

"The last races to us were very useful because we understood a lot about our car, a lot of the things that went wrong," he said.

"We're still trying to get a better picture and understand a bit more what's going on."

shares
comments
Daniel Ricciardo's Brazil turbo problem caused by Mexico marshal

Previous article

Daniel Ricciardo's Brazil turbo problem caused by Mexico marshal

Next article

Nico Hulkenberg explains Brazilian Grand Prix practice crash

Nico Hulkenberg explains Brazilian Grand Prix practice crash
Load comments
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021
Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Plus

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding 
into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021