Rosberg “Surprised” by Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin F1 Verdict

Published 04/05/2021, 2:03 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, recently made his switch to Aston Martin after a misery-induced season with Ferrari. However, despite the move to the new outfit, his poor run of form persisted through the 2021 season-opening weekend in Bahrain.

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Following the rather embarrassing race, where he ended up P15 at the time of the checkered flag, the German claimed that he wasn’t feeling at home yet with the Mercedes-powered car.

This particular comment left one of the former F1 drivers surprised – Nico Rosberg.

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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

The one-time world champion revealed that he wasn’t anticipating such feedback from Vettel, especially after driving an Aston Martin. However, amidst the heavy criticisms looming over Vettel, there is Rosberg, who took the positive route, hoping that the former Ferrari driver finds his form soon.

Rosberg’s view on the Sebastian Vettel struggles

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Rosberg expressed his view on fellow German racing driver, Vettel. The Ex-Mercedes driver reckoned that Vettel needs some time to get up to speed.

I really wish Sebastian that he comes out of this low, what he brought with Ferrari and now a little bit to the first race. Strangely, that surprised me that he also said that he still doesn’t feel comfortable in the car,” he said. (Translated from German using Google Translate)

But okay, it’s a new team, and he needs a little time. But Sebastian has huge talent. He’s a four-time world champion. So, he’ll be fine. Then I’m sure that we will still see great races from him this year.”

Vettel suffered a horrendous farewell season at Ferrari last year. And his suffering only got worse with his move to Aston Martin.

Over his first-ever outing with the British team, Vettel suffered a five-place grid penalty after failing to slow down under yellow flags. Later during the race, stewards awarded the German a 10-second penalty for causing a collision with Esteban Ocon.

He has to find his way out: Rosberg

Rosberg felt that Vettel has been stuck in a “negative spiral” for a while now, which is causing the German to underperform despite possessing a decent car.

He has to find a way out of this negative spiral, that is very, very important. We have seen another mistake right now, that is untypical for a four-time world champion. He has to find his way out. This is very important,” Rosberg said.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Overall, time is running out for Vettel, and considering Lawrence Stroll runs the team, if Vettel fails to show results, he could well be shown the door yet again.

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Of course, it’s not going to happen anytime before 2022, as the team are busy using Vettel’s experience in building a competitive car for the forthcoming regulation-induced season.

So, Vettel still has time in hand to re-ignite his older form, but can he?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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