Aston Martin Boss Reveals How Sebastian Vettel Gels With His Engineers

Published 12/29/2021, 3:39 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with team members after finishing second REUTERS/David W Cerny


Sebastian Vettel is a four-time world champion, while most people think it would make him arrogant, but it is quite the opposite. Many consider the German driver to be perhaps the nicest person on the Formula One grid.

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Aston Martin Team principal Otmar Szafnauer has stated that he was delighted with Vettel’s work ethic. Many engineers within the Silverstone-based team are quite fond of Sebastian.

Aston Martin boss praises Sebastian Vettel for his work ethic

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The German driver is regarded as a top-tier driver on the grid. However, it is not just his driving skills that the Formula One community adores, it’s also his personality. Szafnauer has revealed the joy engineers get while working with the four-time world champion.

Speaking to Motorsport Week as quoted by Motorsport.com, Szafnauer said“Seb was really great. He’s a very honest guy, he works hard, he has a great work ethic and he leaves no stone unturned in trying to solve problems. Engineers love working with him, mechanics love him, he’s a very sincere person. This is also very important in life.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Aston Martin team principal and chief executive officer Otmar Szafnauer during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I’ve known him for 15 years and everyone on the team says the same things I say about him. I’m not surprised by this. But I’m very pleased with his actions, that what I’ve said has been validated and what I’ve been talking about has turned into action,” Szafnauer concluded. (Translated from Turkish via Google Translator)

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A disappointing year for Vettel at Aston Martin

The German driver was hoping to redeem himself at the British team after a lackluster final year at Ferrari. However, Vettel failed to make the impact he was hoping for in his new team. One highlight of his 2021 campaign was when we scored a podium at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix by crossing the line in second place.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard

With the season completed, Sebastian could only manage to bag 43 points and find himself twelfth in the driver’s standings. As he gets ready to tackle the challenges that await him next season, Vettel is hoping to bounce back from the disappointing season he endured, and take the Silverstone-based team to the next level.

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What are your predictions for Vettel in 2022? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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