Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher said that he attributes Aston Martin’s string of struggles since their rebranding to possible internal problems within the Silverstone outfit.
Aston Martin has failed to consistently perform, coming off the back of a fourth-place finish last year as Racing Point. Despite Lawrence Stroll’s ambitious takeover of Aston Martin, Schumacher believes that it has unsettled the team members behind the scenes.
“Some engineers have left in disappointment, and now new people are being brought in. I’m afraid that at some point Stroll will question the project and leave,” Schumacher said. “They just forgot that you also have to take the employees with you on this path.”
At the start of the season, Schumacher expressed his doubts regarding Sebastian Vettel, who settled in with the team after a slow start with the team, coming off a disappointing season with Ferrari. He also said that Vettel should be more concerned with asserting his influence as team leader over Lance Stroll.
“Sergio Perez was always two, three tenths faster than Stroll last year. When I see Perez now at Red Bull in a duel with Max Verstappen, it should be easy for Sebastian to be consistently faster than Stroll,” Schumacher added.
“The most important thing [for Vettel] should be to have your teammate under control.”