Aston Martin F1 in Serious Trouble for 2021? – “Maybe Battling Alfa Romeo”

March 17, 2021 9:34 pm

Mercedes weren’t the only team who ran into trouble at pre-season testing in Bahrain. Their customer team, Aston Martin, is in the same boat as them. Reliability issues struck them on all three days in Bahrain, especially Marquee driver, Sebastian Vettel. Their mileage was only second-worst to Mercedes.

On the other hand, their mid-field rivals made quite significant progress. McLaren, with their unique diffuser concept, are the early season favorites to retain their third place in the Constructors’ Standings.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

So, F1 presenter, Will Buxton, believes the British outfit will begin the season-opener in Bahrain lagging behind its rivals. “They are on the back foot going into the season. It is not the sort of joyous entry to the year that they had been hoping for.”

On the subject of their mid-field rivals, Ferrari also came up with a much-improved engine, which will not only serve to benefit them, but also their customer team, Alfa Romeo. The Swiss outfit’s outing also looked positive and according to Buxton, they could well be challenging Aston Martin in the lower pantheons of the mid-field.

“Potentially, fighting with Alpine or maybe battling with Alfa Romeo. Of course, it’s too early to tell what’s really going on, but it wasn’t as good as a testing week that they had hoped for.”

Sebastian Vettel on where Aston Martin stands at the moment

Sebastian Vettel logged in just 117 laps, the fewest among the regular drivers. So, he feels that he isn’t in the position to judge the competitiveness of the AMR21.

“Where are we? I think it’s very difficult to say in terms of competitiveness. We haven’t done many runs that probably equal other people’s runs to give us a bit of a comparison,” said Vettel.

“But I don’t think that’s too important, because we’ll find out in two weeks anyway, so everything from now onwards is nice for you, two weeks of speculation.”

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Because of his testing struggles, we can’t help but feel a little sorry for him. But let’s hope that the German gets some decent laps under his belt during the practice session. And be up to speed once the heat of the battle begins with qualifying. Only then we will truly be able to gauge the competitive level of Aston Martin.

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Bharat Aggarwal

Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. His fandom for Formula One began with the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP and he fell in love with NBA after watching Dirk Nowitzki create magic on the basketball court. He is also a Manchester United fan. 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.

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