Sebastian Vettel’s race weekend at Zandvoort did not start according to plan as the German had to retire his car early in FP1. The reason given by team boss Otmar Szafnauer was engine failure.
After parking the car, Vettel immediately rushed to the marshals to fetch a fire extinguisher. In the end, the session was interrupted for 35 minutes.
Now, Szafnauer announced that Vettel had to end his practice session early due to apparent engine damage. The Aston Martin driver had already complained about problems beforehand.
Szafnauer confirmed the reason and hoped for a start in FP2.
“We don’t have the root cause yet, but he reported an engine failure. We asked him to pull over near a marshal stand just in case there’s a fire.
“It’s routine for us to do so when we have an engine failure. It’s exactly what he did, but he then also anticipated that there may be a potential for fire, which is why he got the fire extinguisher from the marshals.
“I think the first order of importance is to change the engine so we can get running in free practice two.”
Shortly before the start of the second practice session, Vettel’s start was confirmed.
Szafnauer also said that the two Aston Martin Team drivers are fans of the new track, which is being raced on for the first time since 1985.
“Lance [Stroll] didn’t have a problem at all and he likes the track. A lot of direction change here, undulations, it’s very busy.
“Lance didn’t really get clean runs at the end, perhaps not many people did with all the traffic out there, but because it’s a bit short, there’s a lot of traffic that you have to avoid.
“Both drivers really like it around here.”