Aston Martin Boss Not Expecting Sebastian Vettel to Carry ‘Lack of Self-Confidence’ From Ferrari Spell

Published 02/14/2021, 6:36 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel FIA/Handout via REUTERS

There is a revolution brimming at the Aston Martin F1 team. Not only are they competing in the upcoming 2021 season with fresh resources in their bag, but also with four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel behind the wheels of their car.


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With the German, they get the added advantage of his vital engineering skills aside from his quick speed on the track. However, after a turbulent final season with Ferrari, there are legitimate question marks on his capability. Some believe that he may well be over the hill.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari prepares to drive in the garage before the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

But, according to Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer, the fire is still burning inside him.


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“He’s already driving us, he is very inquisitive. He keeps asking us: Why do you do it this way and why not differently? In just two days he had so many questions. He not only asks us questions but also passes on his experiences,” said Otmar in an exclusive interview with Auto Motor Und Sport.

“That is exactly what we need. We want to turn every stone to improve performance so that we can say in March that we made the best of our possibilities over the winter. Both Seb and us as a team. I don’t see a lack of motivation, a lack of self-confidence.”

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Aston Martin learning to act like a top team with Sebastian Vettel

In their previous iterations as Force India and Racing Point, they overachieved considering their limited resources. However, with Lawrence Stroll‘s fresh investments, the Silverstone-outfit broke out of their shell last year, recording multiple podiums whilst also registering their maiden Grand Prix win in Sakhir.

So, amidst this sudden rise, do they have to learn to act like a top team?

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (R) ahead of the Grand prix FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

In the words of Otmar Szafnauer, “Yes, we have to. If you are consistently at the top, you drive different races. Sebastian will help us with that. We have to get used to it. But we are able to.


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“Over time, we’ll fight at the top more and more often – and feel more comfortable up there too.”

Aston Martin are no longer the minnows from the past, fighting for their survival every season. Instead, they are threatening to dethrone the top dogs and make their mark.


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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. When he's not following Formula One or NBA, Bharat also enjoys tennis and MMA.