Aston Martin Vows to Finally Give Sebastian Vettel What Ferrari Couldn’t

Published 02/05/2021, 4:33 AM EST
SUZUKA, JAPAN: Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Sebastian Vettel had a horrible time driving the Ferrari SF1000 last year. The car was really poor and had many flaws ranging from an underpowered engine to a chassis that increased drag.

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The car overall was very unstable, and Vettel failed to exert any control over it. As a result, he quickly lost confidence in the machine and the results were there for all to see.

For 2021, the German has teamed up with Aston Martin F1. Eager to put his nightmarish season with Ferrari behind him, Vettel would want a car that he can trust. That’s exactly what the Silverstone-based team intends to provide him with.

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Team boss Otmar Szafnauer said, “Almost every driver we have ever had in our car likes a car with a stable rear.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – Sparks fly behind Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“We always, always, always push to work hard on that stability issue. It is something we will work hard to give him. To have a car with good balance and a stable rear is important to be able to go fast, and we recognized that a long time ago.

“We will do our utmost to make sure he has that.”

Szafnauer talks about the team’s first day with Sebastian Vettel

Vettel’s journey with his new team has only just begun. The team has already teased fans about revealing Vettel clad in the team’s British Green racing suit.

While the final revelation may only happen when they reveal their car, Vettel has already linked up with the team at their headquarters in Silverstone.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Speaking about the 4-time world champion’s first day with the team, Szafnauer said (translated via Google), “It was great. Sebastian is exactly as we expected him to be. He’s highly professional, a four-time Formula 1 World Champion and you can see why.”

“He works incredibly hard, has great know-how and knowledge, and wants to understand everything and constantly develop himself further. With this, he wants to improve all aspects – the team, the car, the performance.

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“He wants to have fun again in Formula 1. And fun means in this In case he is competitive again and feels good.”

Szafnauer has high hopes from Vettel and believes the German can even finish among the top-3. The German star would certainly like that. However, the mid-field is very competitive, making the job difficult for him.

Will fans see the German back to his absolute best in 2021? We shall soon see.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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