Sebastian Vettel Dazzles Aston Martin With His Impressive Technical F1 Skills

Published 02/06/2021, 6:35 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (R) ahead of the Grand prix FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


These are exciting times for the Aston Martin F1 team. Not only will compete in 2021 having taken the most significant leap in terms of performance last season, but also with the four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, behind the wheel of their car.

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The German is truly a coup for them – aside from his sheer driving ability, he’s a keen learner who takes notes right after a race instead of heading for the airport. His thirst to understand every single detail of the car is second to none on the grid.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2020 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer thinks his acquisition is like gaining an engineer in the team – “He asked all the right questions and a lot of them. He’s really hungry for knowledge.”

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“An engineer described Sebastian to me as [like] having a performance engineer behind the wheel. He wants to know as much, if not more than the performance engineer you have working on the car, whose job it is to understand every little aspect of car performance. Seb wants to know that much – plus more,” Szafnauer continued.

“That’s a good trait to have, he has that, he carried that with him to our team. We see it and he is really, really hungry, as he said, to have fun again in Formula 1.”

But can the speed of Sebastian Vettel emulate his engineering skills?

The German is under intense pressure after having a torrid end with Ferrari. Though there are no question marks on his work ethic, his reputation as a racer is in tatters. Hence, many in the paddock believe he is past his prime. However, Szafnauer is confident in the abilities of his marquee driver

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“The way I look at it is at 33 years old you don’t forget how to drive a Formula 1 racing car fast… Seb is very experienced but not over the hill by any means at the age of 33.”

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – Owner of Racing Point Lawrence Stroll and Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point walks in the Paddock before final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Lawrence Stroll is providing Vettel with a new lease of life at Aston Martin. It is the best possible scenario for him after the season he’s had along with minimal vacancy at other outfits. Should he take them into a different stratosphere this season, he will silence his critics.

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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. When he's not following Formula One or NBA, Bharat also enjoys tennis and MMA.

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