Sebastian Vettel believes that Aston Martin did not have speed to get to the top 10 on Sunday at Portimao.

Despite starting 10th last Sunday at Portimao, Sebastian Vettel did not manage to finish in the top 10 of the Portuguese GP – the German was only 13th. After the race, the Aston Martin Racing driver spoke about the performance, admitting they were not capable of scoring points that day.

“[It] was quite a busy and difficult race with a very long stint on the medium tires. I think after 10 laps it was difficult to really keep close to the group ahead [featuring McLaren’s Lando Norris, the two Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly] and we just couldn’t stay with them and ultimately lost out. It looks like overall, we just didn’t have enough pace today to score points,” Vettel said.

“I think we understand the car better and better but we are lacking a bit of speed, so we need to work on that. I don’t think we could have done anything different with the strategy, but overall, we did not have enough pace or consistency to hold onto the group fighting for points,” he added.

Aston Martin brought an upgrade packege to Portimao, though it was installed on Lance Stroll’s car only, leaving Vettel with the old specification. The German confirmed that he would get the updates for the upcoming Spanish GP.

“On the positive side, I will have some new parts on my car next week, which we feel are a step in the right direction. But the real priority is to have a clean Saturday, which is the key to a better Sunday.”

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