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

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Sebastian Vettel
Author Scott Mitchell
Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Plus

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Plus

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent Plus

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent

While Japan's fever for motor racing is well-documented, the country has yet to produce a Formula 1 superstar – but that could be about to change, says BEN EDWARDS

Formula 1
Apr 15, 2021
Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration Plus

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration

For too long, F1's richest teams have justified being able to spend as much as they want because that's the way they've always conducted their business. STUART CODLING says that's no reason not to kick a bad habit

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return Plus

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021