Vettel Can Replicate ‘Strong’ Ferrari F1 Form at Aston Martin: McLaren Team Boss

Published 04/13/2021, 4:10 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


When Sebastian Vettel was set to begin a new chapter in his F1 career with Aston Martin, many expected him to move on from his string of bad performances at Ferrari and start afresh. Unfortunately, things didn’t get off to a great start as he ended up finishing in 15th. However, McLaren’s team principal, Andreas Seidl, believes there is still and hope thinks that Vettel will bounce back.

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The opening race in Bahrain was something Vettel would like to forget as soon as possible. The German had to start from dead last, as he had to serve a five-place grid penalty. Vettel later had a collision with Alpine’s Ocon, which saw him get a 10-second penalty.

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

McLaren team boss still has faith in Sebastian Vettel bouncing back

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Speaking to AvD Motor & Sport Magazin as quoted by F1. Insider, Seidl said, “Sebastian has never forgotten how to drive. There is a reason that he is a four-time world champion. He also had really strong races at Ferrari and he will have them with Aston Martin too.

You have to leave the church in the village. It was a race weekend now, which didn’t go so well – for the team too. As a four-time world champion, I expect him to strike back.

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

I think we will see great results from Sebastian this year,” Seidl concluded. (Translated from German via Google)

McLaren currently sit in third place, while their rivals from Silverstone occupy sixth place. The Woking-based team know the latter’s potential as they had an intense battle with them last season as they fought for a third-place finish in the constructors.

Vettel takes some notes from his disappointing race in Bahrain

The four-time world champion finished in fifteenth place in his debut for the Silverstone team and couldn’t earn any points. While it was a disappointing race weekend, Vettel knows there are several learnings to be taken from his defeat.

He said, “It’s been probably not the best weekend or the weekend we were looking for. But there were a lot of things that we learned in the race that we need to address. We will see how quickly we can fix them.”

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

“But I’m not at home in the car. There’s a lot of things that are fighting me so that I can’t really focus on driving. But we need to address them and try and fix them,” he concluded.

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The next stop on the F1 calendar is at Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Can Vettel redeem himself in Italy and prove Seidl’s point that he hasn’t forgotten how to drive? We are just days away from getting our answers.

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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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