Sebastian Vettel Can’t Rediscover Mojo With Aston Martin F1: Coulthard

Published 03/28/2021, 4:26 AM EDT
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 is given a chance to redeem himself at Aston Martin. However, former Red Bull driver, David Coulthard believes that Vettel might not be expected to win there. He thinks that Vettel has gone to the Silverstone team to build a brand rather than compete.

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The four-time world champion didn’t get off to a great start in his new chapter at Aston Martin. In the qualifying session, Vettel didn’t get past Q1 and finished 18th on the timesheet.

While his Canadian teammate Lance Stroll took the car to 10th place for tomorrow’s race. Vettel hopes to perform better in his debut race for the team and aims to score some points.

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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

Coulthard thinks that Sebastian Vettel only has to bring the car home at Aston Martin

Mark Webber and David Coulthard had a conversation on an episode of On the Marbles, DC said, “I just don’t see how he’s going to rediscover that mojo. I think he’s an asset for the team in terms of experience, a safe pair of hands in terms of bringing the car home, but I think once you lose that little bit of speed.” as quoted by PlanetF1.

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

“I do wonder if it’s a part of brand building, not only for Aston Martin but also for Lance Stroll, because if he can beat a four-time World Champion that will become a justification for why he’s a champion in waiting. If he does to Seb what Charles [Leclerc] did to Seb, then I just don’t see how he [Vettel] can finish the season.”

The German went to the stewards before his first race

The four-time world champion will have to go to the stewards before his first race for the Silverstone team. Vettel didn’t adhere to the double yellow flags during Saturday’s qualifying session. Vettel will start 18th on the grid for tomorrow but is hoping to give it his best shot.

In an interview with Sky Sports as quoted by Planet F1, he said, “Certainly I think there was potential to be a lot faster. We just made it across the (chequered) flag, had the issue obviously with the yellow flags during the lap so that made it a little bit impossible to come back.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“But it is what it is now and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. If I panic now, would it help? Or if I was really upset? For sure I’m upset and angry that it wasn’t our fault, in a way, not to make it through, but we have to take it and do what we can preparing for tomorrow.” Vettel concluded.

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Vettel didn’t have the best season last year, he only scored 33 points which saw him finish 13th in the driver’s standings. He hopes he can do better in the new season, despite not having the best time in qualifying he is optimistic for the first race of the season.

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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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