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Surer: Aston Martin’s problems a surprise as there’s no engine change like McLaren

Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes on track during Day Two of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 13, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Marc Surer says the problems Aston Martin is facing come as a surprise, as the squad formerly-known as Racing Point did not change its power unit, unlike McLaren who didn’t have any issues.

Aston Martin had a rough start to the season as they had multiple problems with their car during pre-season testing, with the team completing 314 laps, only 10 more than Mercedes itself.

“The biggest problems were mainly for Aston Martin,” said Surer. “They didn’t do an engine change like McLaren and yet they had all kinds of problems.

“Maybe it was bad luck, but it’s funny that McLaren had zero problems and a lot went wrong at Aston Martin. That does give you pause for thought.”

Surer said that Sebastian Vettel is suffering the most. The German driver who comes out of Ferrari is the driver with the least amount of laps on pre-season testing, something not beneficial for someone getting used to a new car and team.

“Vettel is suffering the most. Stroll was able to do his laps. He drove quite a lot on Saturday. The car is not bad, but it didn’t work for Vettel.

“It’s Stroll’s team and we have to remember that last year Astroll was ofter faster than Pérez in the same team as well. He is already very fast and he now has also more and more experience that he can use.

“For Vettel, that will be the benchmark. However, we also know that once Vettel has adapted to the car, he can outperform himself again and we will see the old Vettel again,” he concluded.

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