Sebastian Vettel will make his debut with Aston Martin F1 in the first Grand Prix of the season at the end of March. But the German admits that he will have to approach the Bahrain tests with a rather limited knowledge of his car, not that this stunts the wish to win a fifth Formula 1 Championship.
After a nightmarish season with Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel has been given another chance to prove that he wasn’t finished in the sport. The German has signed up with the Aston Martin F1 Team, which will celebrate his return after 60 years of absence in Formula 1.
The British team, which has been built on the foundations of Racing Point, says his work ethic is impressive and is very satisfied with Vettel. The four-time world champion will make his debut on the 28th of March at the Bahrain Grand Prix. But he will be entering the race without fully knowing his car.
Sebastian Vettel admitted that he had a rather limited knowledge of his car and that the Bahrain tests will serve above all to find out more about it:
“I don’t yet know what it will be like on a fast lap, in the dry, at the very limit. I will know it quickly during the first tests in Bahrain, because it should be nice and hot…
“but given the short time available for testing (one and a half days), the most important thing will be to get used to the car and the new environment, rather than to go looking for lap times. ”
Vettel is public about his ambitions at Aston Martin F1, claiming a fifth World Drivers Championship title is on and that the lower budgets in the future will benefit his Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team in particular, because they were “used to getting the absolute maximum out of lower resources.”
“The fat years for big teams’ wallets are over. That can only accommodate us, because the team has enormous strengths to work very efficiently ”, says Vettel.
“In the past there was never enough money and still you managed to annoy and even beat larger teams on a regular basis.”
“the omens have changed a bit this year” continues Vettel,
“For the first time in the history of the team. The team’s experience over the past few years will only help us to cope with this small budget and work efficiently,
“In that respect it’s a bit like Red Bull Racing back then. The beginning was also an extreme build-up phase. In 2008, 2009, Red Bull was not the same team as it is today, in terms of size and so on ” compares Vettel, who won four consecutive world championships with the Bulls between 2010 and 2013.
“We all realize that it’s a long-term project and in Formula 1 you usually need five years for things like this. But the rule changes in 2022 can accelerate that. In any case, I don’t feel too old, I am fully motivated and still have the fire in me,”