Aston Martin F1 Reveal Key Reason Behind Vettel’s Pace Deficit to Stroll

Published 04/29/2021, 8:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Given that it is a motor sport, it is extremely vital for a driver to understand their vehicle through and through in F1. They need to extract the most out of the car to get the results they need, and that cannot happen unless the driver knows the car. And while Sebastian Vettel isn’t showing results yet, his team boss Otmar Szafnauer believes the German has finally gotten used to the new machinery.

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Unfortunately, Vettel has taken quite some time to figure out his new car – if Szafnauer’s words are to be believed, that is.

In the two races that have happened so far, he has failed to score any points. He was awarded two penalties in the first one and was forced to retire in the second one, owing to gearbox issues.

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Szafnauer suggest Sebastian Vettel still needs to sync in with the car

At the Emilia GP press conference, the Aston Martin boss said, “He’s driven different powertrains, so a little bit with driveability but I think we’re on top of that now. Just overall car feel and balance.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“Lance has driven our car for a few seasons now and he knows exactly what to expect and the way the car behaves is much different than what Seb has been used to, but he’s getting on top of it,” Otmar concluded.

The German aims for a clean race at Portugal

Vettel will aim to finish the Portuguese GP without any incidents and even aim for some points in the process. He is also optimistic about handling the car around the circuit and looks forward to it.

As quoted by PlanetF1, Vettel said, “I think Portimão is a good place to aim for a clean weekend. The circuit is a high-speed autodrome; very smooth, and with plenty of gradient. It’s fun to drive, and I think it’ll be a good place to get a better handle on the limits of the AMR21.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“I know I’m yet to get the maximum from the car but the fact that we understand that is another good reason to keep pushing,” Sebastian explained.

The four-time world champion would be looking to bounce back and find his old form at Portugal. The Silverstone-based team hope that Vettel will extract the maximum out of the car in the upcoming Grand Prix.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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