Aston Martin F1 Vow Not To Repeat Ferrari’s Mistakes With Sebastian Vettel

Published 03/04/2021, 5:06 AM EST
SOCHI, RUSSIA – Third place qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Otmar Szafnauer, team principal of Aston Martin Racing, is hoping that Sebastian Vettel thrives in the team as long as they don’t make the same mistake as Ferrari. The German had a terrible season at Ferrari due to a lackluster car, but he only scored 33 points.

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However, Szafnauer believes that if they can create an environment around Vettel and provide him with a car that he can trust. He will succeed in his new chapter of racing. He also reassures that Vettel hasn’t forgotten how to drive and believes with the right support he will be back in his winning form.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY: Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Szanfnauer believes Sebastian Vettel will perform if he gets what he needs

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In an interview, Otmar Szafnauer said, “I’ve always said, and will continue to say so, at 33 years old you don’t forget how to drive a Formula 1 car fast, So it’s got to be other things. And we will work tirelessly to make sure that we don’t introduce those things and actually alleviate them.”

He added, “An arm around the shoulder means that everybody’s listening to his wants and his needs. And we’ll work hard to make sure the car is to his liking and the setup is like he wants it.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point talks in a press conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Pool via Getty Images)

We’ve got two drivers to look after. And if we treat them equally, which in the past we’ve been really good at doing and I anticipate we’ll do that in the future as well, I think that’s all it takes with Seb. And then if he doesn’t overdrive the car, drives like he can, and we will definitely get the best out of him.”  Otmar concluded.

The German is looking at redemption with Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel is a four-time world champion, but those days never came when he was behind the wheel at Ferrari. His last year with the Italian team saw the German fail miserably, which raised questions about his driving ability.

However, a new year saw a new opportunity for Vettel in the form of Aston Martin. He got on board with the team and hopes to show that he has what it takes to be on the F1 grid.

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The 33-year-old driver will partner Lance Stroll on the 2021 grid. The duo will be responsible for making sure that Aston Martin will be a fighting force on the track after they return to racing well over six decades.

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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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