Sebastian Vettel Was ‘Annoyed’ by Aston Martin’s F1 Testing Struggles

Published 03/23/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives ahead of testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


After a horror season with Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel moved to Aston Martin this season. The German hopes to get back to his form and Aston Martin have placed their trust in the former world champion to help anchor a successful comeback to the sport. However, Vettel’s time at Aston Martin did not kick-off as planned. The team struggled through the pre-season testing at Bahrain.

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In a recent interview, Ted Kravitz, an F1 reporter, shared that Vettel was not happy with the testing weekend.

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Third place qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on in parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“He was happy to talk. He got a little bit more annoyed as the three days went on because more things started failing on the car. But once he gets to a race, he will be invigorated and I hope he’ll be the new Seb again, I kind of miss that guy,” shared Kravitz.

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Sebastian Vettel completed a very minimal number of laps during the testing weekend. The German completed 117 laps, only ahead of Williams‘ test driver, Roy Nissany, who completed 83 laps. Ted Kravitz hopes that this will change once the season begins and we will get to see the old Sebastian.

“The lap times weren’t spectacular from testing at all. In fact, with the limited runnings over the unreliability that crept into their program, they were sort of down towards the end, by the end of the day.”

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“They had the two of the slowest times, Vettel and Stroll with a 1:35:00 and a 1:36:01, which was just the last day,” said the reporter.

Sebastian Vettel acknowledged he fell about a hundred laps behind and would like to get more mileage. However, the German did not blame Mercedes for Aston Martin’s engine troubles. He is also certain that the Brackley squad will make a strong comeback once the season kicks off.

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Do you believe Aston Martin will sort out their issues and we will get to see the old Sebastian this season?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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