Vettel’s Aston Martin F1 Struggles “a Huge Problem and It Will Take Time” to Solve: Schumacher

Published 04/05/2021, 4:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Sebastian Vettel didn’t have the best of starts in his new chapter at Aston Martin. He was expected to move on from his Ferrari-esque run of form and, hopefully, show hints of his Red Bull days. Unfortunately, he ended up finishing 15th in his first race for the Silverstone-based team. Former driver Ralf Schumacher that it will take time for Seb and his team to adapt to each other’s presence.

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Given that the is fresh out of a six-year relationship with the Italian team, Vettel will surely need time to get settled in his new car. Thus, the team need to be patient with him and understand what changes he needs to extract the most out of the car.

Schumacher thinks Aston Martin will need to be patient with Sebastian Vettel

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Speaking to SPORT1, the former F1 driver said,  “The problem with Aston Martin is that – if he (Vettel) makes changes – the team does not have the opportunity to understand everything directly.

“I’m sorry for Sebastian. It’s a huge problem and it will take time.”

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

Schumacher added, “He has to step on the gas now. Life is not a pony farm. He has to clean his teammates. Otherwise, he should just get in the car and have fun. Then the plaintive thing has to stop, that he doesn’t feel the car.

“He has to accelerate now. He has to be faster than his team-mate in any case.” (translated via Google)

Team boss comes to defend the four-time world champion

No matter what his critics might be saying, his new boss, Otmar Szafnauer, stands by the German champion and is ready to defend him

Speaking after the Bahrain GP, he said“If you look at the positives, [Sebastian] had to start last and he was running in the top 10 for a while.

“It’s way too early to say that. It’s really early days.

“You know, he didn’t do a lot of laps in winter testing; we only had three days of winter testing and he had to share those days with Lance and he seemed to have all the problems.

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

He added,  “The car he’s driving now is totally different to the one he drove before, from car characteristics, powertrain, a lot of things. He only really felt happy with the car, getting to grips with knowing it and making set-up changes that suit him, in qualifying when he had the yellow flags.

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“So I’m still confident we’ll get Seb there.”

The next round of the 2021 season takes the F1 grid to Imola. Vettel will be looking to regain his confidence behind the car around the track.

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Can the German score his first points for the Silverstone-based team? We can only wait and find out.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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