Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin Struggles Reminiscent of Ferrari Problems: Ralf Schumacher

Published 04/20/2021, 8:16 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Sebastian Vettel had horrid last season at Ferrari, as he couldn’t extract most out of the car. Many wonder if he got fresh slate at Aston Martin he would improve. However, that hasn’t been the case so far, former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher thinks that Vettel has the same problems but the only difference is that he has green overalls.

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The four-time world champion didn’t get off to a good start in Bahrain, as he had a grid penalty. Furthermore, he received a 10-sec time penalty due to a collision with Ocon. Vettel finished the race in 15th place and hence couldn’t score any points.

Imola was the German’s chance at redemption, but his bad luck begun even before the lights went out. He had brake issues and had to start from the pitlane, later in the race he had to retire due to gearbox issues. This put an end to his race, Vettel hopes things will take look better for the upcoming race at Portugal.

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Schumacher thinks that Sebastian Vettel is living Ferrari days at Aston Martin

Speaking to Sky Sports after Grand Prix, Ralf said, “Sebastian Vettel did not drive offside, he drove in nowhere. Brake damage, time penalty, gearbox damage – the bad luck marie was again particularly hardworking.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

It is therefore difficult to evaluate his performance on Sunday. He doesn’t want pity, he told us that right after the race when we interviewed him, but somehow a lot reminds us of his last Ferrari year, just everything in green,” Schumacher concluded. (Translated from German via Google)

Vettel has stated that they need to do a better job if they want results

Vettel has still yet to bring his first points for the Silverstone-based team, he has stated that they need to work harder if they want better results.

He said, “I think we could have had a better race if the FIA was more alert. We broke a rule, I guess, that’s why we got a penalty, but they didn’t bother [to penalise us] until way into the race, so by that time obviously, the penalty cost us a lot more than it would have earlier in the race.”

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

“So that’s not very professional, but it certainly wasn’t the decider for us today we had plenty of issues. So, not the trouble-free race that we were hoping for [it was a] tough day,” He concluded.

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The next round of the championship is just around the corner. The German driver will hope to make amends and aim to bounce back in this new chapter that he is in with Aston Martin.

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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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