Sebastian Vettel He has the difficult task ahead of him to prove that he still has the speed and spirit of a four-time world champion by starting again with Aston Martin this season, but the German recognizes that he needs to catch up.
Through no fault of his own, the 33-year-old finished Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain with less mileage than any of his rivals. He only did 10 laps on the second day of testing, a total of 54km, as a result of a gearbox problem and then had a loss of boost pressure forcing a premature finish. In three days he did 117 laps, less than half the number of Pierre Gasly (237) of AlphaTauri.
If this situation would have alarmed him in his day, when he won four consecutive titles with Red Bull, he is now older and wiser. “Probably 10 years ago, now I would panic,” Vettel told reporters. “But then again, if I panicked now, would it help? Probably not”.
“We are just trying to do our thing and use the time we have now. We still have some career, and for me it was super, super useful “
“It could be better, but it could be worse. So I think it’s about staying calm, doing one thing at a time and moving forward when it’s time to do it. “
Vettel comes to the Silverstone team after six years at Ferrari, the last two spent uncomfortably alongside rising star Charles Leclerc, and in a new role. Flagrant mistakes at Ferrari left him questioning whether he was finished, but Aston Martin, the former Racing Point team that won in Bahrain last year with Mexico’s Sergio Perez, is confident that Vettel still has a lot to offer.
They value your feedback and see it as key to helping teammate Canadian Lance Stroll, son of Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll, advance.
“I think we’re going to get the best out of Seb, really,” said technical director Andrew Green at the car presentation and team livery.
The German told reporters in Bahrain that doing laps was more important than times, that he was about 100 to go to get where he wanted. “The car looks very promising, but there are still a lot of things I have to get used to,” said Vettel.
“It is a new environment, new people and a new way of doing things. I have to adapt and learn so it will take some time. The more time you have, the better it will be.