Sebastian Vettel has commented on his scooter ride around the Albert Park Circuit after the Australian GP FP1.
Vettel was forced to end the first practice prematurely due to a power unit failure. After the session ended, he drove a scooter to return to the paddock. Eventually, he was summoned to the stewards for “unauthorized use of a scooter on the track.”
Vettel reflected on what had happened and said that he got the permission to drive the scooter around the race track.
“Obviously, we had a problem, and there was a bit of smoke, and I lost power. And we had to stop the car on the track. And I did the best I could to limit the damage and get it off the track as soon as possible,” he commented.
“I tried to make sure the car doesn’t get any further damaged. The marshal was very helpful, he had a Leatherman. I asked for an Allen key then we took part of the bodywork off so I could get underneath and cool the car. So it was a bit of a job.
“I asked, ‘Can I get back?’, as soon as I knew the car was safe in terms of not catching fire again.
“But anyways, the session was then over, and I asked, ‘Is somebody coming?’ They said, ‘Yeah, yeah as soon as the session is over.’ And then the guy came with a scooter and he said, ‘You can jump on the back.’
“I said, ‘Can I drive it?’ Because I prefer to drive myself. And then he handed me the scooter, so I said, ‘OK,’ and he said, ‘Off you go.’ And I went.
“I mean I would like to get the car back and not to have a problem in the first place. I’m not here to drive a scooter.”