Sebastian Vettel made his first appearance at his new employer Aston Martin. Here’s how the German’s first visit to Silverstone went.
The new era has begun: Ex-Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel (33) has made his first official appearance at his new racing team Aston Martin, according to information from F1-Insider.com. He was already on site at the factory in Silverstone on Tuesday. He spent his first working day in the simulator, among other things.
Before that he had a meeting with team boss Otmar Szafnauer and technical director Andy Green, followed by a seat fit.
The German then got to know his future Aston Martin F1 racer in the simulator. There he is likely to have already developed an initial feeling for the car – at least in the virtual world. Experts expect that the former German champion will be able to handle the Aston Martin better than his recently extremely bitchy Ferrari.
However, Sky expert Ralf Schumacher warns: “There are still some deficits in the team. You can’t turn a cow into a tiger overnight. You have to tame the tiger first.”
Schumacher, meanwhile, also admits, “I’m glad he has a team that stands behind him again.”
Ex-Formula 1 driver Hans-Joachim Stuck also expects Vettel to be back in top form. To F1-Insider.com he says: “I think he will feel more comfortable at Aston Martin. He’ll be courted more there and I’m sure he’ll be able to perform at his best there again.”
The former DMSB president stresses: “Sebastian certainly hasn’t forgotten how to drive. I thought it was cool when he got Leclerc as a teammate, who ironed him out. I know the feeling, too, when a youngster shows you the ropes.”
The important thing then, however, is not to give up, he says. Vettel proved that he can fight with his third-place finish in Turkey and overtaking Leclerc in the final chicane. “The fact that Sebastian motivated himself to beat him again as well, that’s really strong,” Stuck judges. “My compliments.”
At least verbally, the environment is already set. Also Vettel’s new team owner Lawrence Stroll has already showered the German with roses via the BBC: “Vettel is a four-time Formula 1 world champion. He certainly hasn’t forgotten how to drive a race car. His work ethic is exemplary, everyone in the paddock knows how hard he works.”
Team boss Szafnauer even sees Vettel as a major asset: “In Sebastian we have a proven four-time world champion who has experience in helping teams win races and fight for championships. He brings a winning mentality and we will all undoubtedly learn a lot from him on this journey.”
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