Hill Worried Sebastian Vettel Walked Into a “Stroll Trap” at Aston Martin F1

Published 06/02/2021, 10:46 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Sebastian Vettel, after quite a tough year, has finally bounced back. The four-time world champion claimed a strong fifth at the Monaco Grand Prix place ahead of Pierre Gasly and Lewis Hamilton.

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It’s fair to say the German has not enjoyed the best of times during his past couple of seasons in the sport. Before the onset of the 2020 season, it was announced that Ferrari had replaced him after a series of disappointing performances.

His transfer to Aston Martin was led by some difficult racing at the start of the season, but now a turnaround may have achieved. After a strong Monaco weekend, Vettel became ‘driver of the day’ and secured his first points of the season.

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His recent performances also worried the former world champion, Damon Hill, who feared for the German’s career at one point.

What did Hill say about Sebastian Vettel?

The former Williams driver was bothered about Vettel walking into a ‘Stroll trap’ after signing for Aston Martin, where things can be inclined towards Lance Stroll as his father Lawrence Stroll has a 16.7% stake in the company.

“It was worrying for a bit, I think he’s managed to get out of the quagmire, just in time. I think that there was a time where it looked like he was sinking into this kind of mire and I could imagine him starting to think ‘have I just walked into a trap here?’ A Stroll trap, with a Stroll family, setting things up for Lance?” said the 1996 world champion.

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

“It would be easy to think like that and it would have been catastrophic as well if you started to believe that they didn’t want you to do well. But he’s strong enough to have turned that around.

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“He’s actually delivered some strong performances, started to get to know the car better as well, and is heading in the right direction” said Damon Hill.

Despite all this, the former world champion was delighted to see Vettel crossed the finish line in fifth place, which is his best performance in a long time.

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