‘Impatience’ Botched Imola F1 Qualifying: Sebastian Vettel

Published 04/17/2021, 2:28 PM 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


We are into the second round in Imola and Sebastian Vettel has not found his zone yet. After his nightmare debut for Aston Martin in Bahrain, the German did not fare much better in the qualifying today. And he attributed his less-than-ideal outing to his lack of patience.

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After a closely contested Q2 session, Vettel ended up in the 13th position. Once again, his teammate, Lance Stroll, pipped him as the Canadian made the cut for the final session.

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

He is still not up to grip with the AMR21 car. But he tried to push the limit too much out of impatience and ‘lost a little bit.’

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“Obviously I’m not a very patient guy, so I don’t want to wait. But it is getting a lot better. On a track like this in particular, you need the ultimate confidence to extract everything. I’m not yet there, but it’s only the second race, so I guess I have to be a bit more patient,” said Vettel post-qualifying.

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The modern-day F1 cars are a lot more complicated than what Vettel experienced during the beginning of his career. When he last switched teams from Red Bull to Ferrari, he had a much easier adaptation process.

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With his current car, Vettel is yet to find his feet. When he does, he believes that the results will reflect on track, “The car is quite different to what I was used to in the past. There’s a couple of things, nowadays with tyres, and how you set up the car etc, can make quite a big difference.”

“So that’s why I think it’s taking me maybe a bit longer than normal. Honestly in all fairness as well, for the ultimate tenths that you’re fighting in the midfield, then you see the consequence straight away.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Hopefully, the German is able to express himself freely in the car after a couple of races. There are many suggestions that he is over the hill as an F1 driver. The onus is on him to quieten the detractors.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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