WATCH: Vettel Tackles Soaked Silverstone in Maiden Aston Martin F1 Outing

Published 03/05/2021, 1:45 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 13: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 13, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Aston Martin will be making its return to F1 after six decades when they take to the track in Bahrain in 2021. But, before they make their official appearance there, they showed their fans a glimpse of how the car will run. 

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The car had its first shakedown at Silverstone on March 4, a day after the AMR21 was launched. The team has undergone an offseason of colossal change.

This saw the team make the not-so-easy transition from the pink avatar of Racing Point to the iconic green of the erstwhile British brand.

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First impressions of the Aston Martin on track

The British team’s car got its first run out on a race track when they had their shakedown on March 4. The venue to let the car fly was of course the historic Silverstone racetrack in England.

The British racing green of the car was resplendent in what were entirely wet conditions at Silverstone. Both drivers got the requisite and safe track time to feel comfortable with the machinery at their disposal for 2021.


In the above video posted on Aston Martin’s YouTube channel, Sebastian Vettel got significant airtime as he’s the newcomer to the team.

This came a day after the official launch of the team and their 2021 challenger, the AMR21. The launch was done very tastefully and was kind of a throwback to launches of yesteryear.

The event saw British actress Gemma Atherton present the launch and also saw an appearance from current ‘James Bond’, Daniel Craig. This was an obvious nod to the company’s standing in pop culture.

What can Vettel and the team give each other on the track?

Aston Martin are offering Vettel a chance at rebuilding his fallen reputation. The German has endured two sub-optimal seasons in the red of Ferrari.

The visible lack of confidence in his ability showed in his final days at Ferrari. The British team are hoping the change of environment will help him regain that confidence.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY: Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Vettel gives the team an experienced and victorious pair of hands behind the wheel of their car. His early impressions at the team have given off the vibe of an engineer racing the car.

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This insight will help the team grow on and off the track. This could also be an early precedent of culture-building there.

This partnership seems like a match made in heaven and would be a very fascinating watch as the season wears on.

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Ashish Thomas

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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