Post Race Team Radio Reveals Aston Martin Told Sebastian Vettel of Time Penalty After Bahrain GP

Published 03/29/2021, 5:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Sebastian Vettel had a disappointing start in his first race for Aston Martin. It all started even before the race had begun, he had to face a grid penalty since he didn’t slow down for the yellow flags during the qualifying session. Hence the four-time world champion started from last on the grid.

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During the race, Vettel had a collision with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon at turn one of the track and got a 10 second time penalty, which he was told after the race. The German finished in 15th place in his first race for Aston Martin.

Vettel’s teammate, Lance Stroll, finished P10, earning a single point for the Silverstone-based team. The team hopes they can do better for the second round coming up in Italy.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Sebastian Vettel feels disappointed after his first race

The disappointment in the German’s voice could be felt on the team radio after the end of the race in Bahrain. Vettel was informed by the team about his time penalty after the race was concluded.

Vettel said, “okay well it was a race for struggles” to which the team replied “we’ll speaker after”

In the post-race interview with Sky Sport, Vettel said, “I was trying to cut back to the left but Esteban was moving left as well and then when I was right behind him I locked the fronts and hit him straight on,”

“So obviously that was not great for both of our races.” Vettel concluded.

Not a great start for the four-time world champion in his new chapter

Vettel’s first race for the Silverstone didn’t go as planned as he had a grid penalty and a ten-second time penalty due to his collision with Ocon. He told Sky Sports, “We tried the one-stop, we had to try something different. Initially, it looked like it wasn’t that bad but towards the end. I was struggling quite a lot with tyres so I don’t think I could have realistically scored points today.”

Aston Martin didn’t get the result they were hoping for after returning to the world of Formula One after sixty years. However, Lance Stroll finished 10th earning a single point for the Silverstone-based.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

The teams hopes to have a better result in the second round in the 2021 season as they will race in Italy. Vettel will be looking to score his first F1 points with Aston Martin at Imola.

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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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