Azerbaijan GP: Vettel Seeking ‘Better Rhythm’ With Aston Martin AMR21

Published 06/05/2021, 5:53 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel


Having opened his points account with Aston Martin in Monaco, Sebastian Vettel is feeling confident ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Unfortunately, his confidence failed to reflect in his performance on track, as he struggled to put in fast laps during free practice in Baku.

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In FP1, the four-time world champion only managed to be 15th fastest. Nothing improved for the German driver in the second session of the day, as he still remained 15th on the timesheet.

Sebastian Vettel feels he still needs to get acclimated with the car

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Speaking after the session, Vettel said, “Mostly I need to just get into a better rhythm earlier in the session, but I’m quite confident now having had another couple of laps. It’s a tricky track, you just need to have – one the confidence, and second sort of unleash yourself.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“And I struggled a little bit with that. But it’s good that we kept the car between the walls and not in the wall. And a good amount of laps, we have a good understanding of the car as we tried something.

“So I would say we have done our homework and now I would say we need to focus on performance,” Vettel explained.

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The German feels trust in the car is the most important thing to tackle tricky Baku circuit

The sixth race of the season has brought the paddock to Baku – another street circuit on this season’s calendar. Even though there are certain differences in the way cars run in Monaco and in Azerbaijan, Vettel has faith in the Mercedes-powered car for the upcoming race.

As quoted by PlanetF1, Vettel said, “Yeah obviously the spec you’re running is very different. You’re running way less wing than in Monaco, and it will feel different due to the nature of track.

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Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“I think ultimately you need to have the trust in the car and the confidence also to, on a track like this, make the difference.”

“You have the section around the old town that is very twisty, where you can make or lose a lot of time, so that will ultimately be the decisive factor,” Vettel concluded.

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Let’s hope that the German can extract the most out of the Aston Martin car in the qualifying round on Saturday. It was certainly good to see the return of a cheerful Seb in Monaco, so let’s hope he’s here to stay!

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Arpit Gomes

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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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