Aston Martin F1 Boss Explains How Lance Stroll Has Embraced Sebastian Vettel’s Way of Working

Published 06/06/2021, 1:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


During the Thursday pre-race weekend press conference, Aston Martin boss Otmar Szafnauer spoke of his drivers, discussing whether Sebastian Vettel was being a good mentor for Lance Stroll. So far, the two drivers have gotten along well and have been performing decently.

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“Lance isn’t a rookie, he’s been with us for a while now and there’s a good dynamic between Lance and Sebastian. Sebastian does have more experience and the way we go about debriefs now has changed a bit.

“Sebastian has expanded the way we do things, not just Lance but the entire team have embraced that,” he said.

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It is worth noting that Vettel is well-known for his technical knowledge. According to a former Toro Rosso employee, every team that the four-time world champion has driven for became a winning team with him. He cited Toro Rosso and Red Bull as an example, as he has helped carry the team.

How have Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel performed this season?

So far, Vettel has performed decently, finishing ahead of Stroll in every race. Even though he has taken a bit of time to get used to the car, he has been able to beat Lance Stroll. In fact, Vettel recorded a season-best finish of fifth at Monaco and they helped the team to fifth in the championship.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan -Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during qualifying REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Admittedly, the two of them got a little unlucky during the Azerbaijan GP qualifying. Stroll became the first of many victims of a Turn 15 accident that will see him start from the back. Meanwhile, poor old Sebastian Vettel barely missed out on a Top 10 when Daniel Ricciardo brought out the red flag.

Now, the two of them will have a lot to do ahead of Sunday’s race. They know that they need to do everything in their power to stay ahead of AlphaTauri and Alpine Racing.

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Both Stroll and Vettel seem to be improving, but have they improved enough to finish in the points in Baku? Let us know in the comments!

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