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Tricky Aston Martin debut not getting Vettel down

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Sebastian Vettel had a troublesome debut for the Aston Martin team, finishing outside the points. Despite this, the German believes he’s “getting there”.

15th was the best Vettel could manage at Bahrain, with a mid-race crash with Esteban Ocon thrown in there as well. Aston Martin’s team principal, Otmar Szafnauer, believes his debut was promising, considering the new car.

“The car he’s driving now is totally different than what he drove before [in terms of] car characteristics, powertrain characteristics, a lot of things. He only really felt happy with the car – getting to grips, to know it and make set-up changes that suit him – in qualifying, when he had the yellow flags. So it’s hard to know but it’s really early days. He didn’t do a lot of laps in winter testing, we only had three days of winter testing, he had to share those days with Lance Stroll and he seemed to have all the problems. So I’m still confident we’ll get Seb there.”

Vettel joined Aston Martin after six seasons at Ferrari, the final one not reaping rewards. The design philosophies of the two cars are very different, so it’s obvious the German would need time to get accustomed to the car. Szafnauer agrees with this statement, saying:

“ We only have one data point, one race. Yes, it wasn’t the best race. But if you look at the positives: He had to start last, he was running in the top 10 for a while, felt good in the car.”

Aston Martin have three weeks to help Vettel find more pace before Formula 1 returns at Imola for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

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