Technically, Aston Martin’s AMR21 is the only new car in Formula One this season. Nonetheless, many of the parts like the front nose of the car along with the brake ducts on the AMR21 revealed during the testing are a genuine copy of the 2019 Mercedes car parts.
After registering only 117 laps on the final day, Sebastian Vettel had an overall unfortunate pre-season testing. On day two, after managing only 6 laps, his AMR21 had to be parked back in the garage due to a gearbox issue. And on the very first day of testing, the German was able to secure the thirteen fastest position.
“I’m not too preoccupied,” he said, musing and conveying his thoughts.
“Maybe it’s the age, maybe it’s the experience, but probably 10 years ago I would finally panic now. But then again, if I were to panic now would it help? Probably not.”
“We are just trying to do our things and use the time now we have. We still got some running, And for me, it super, super useful the laps [on the final day]. So, it could be worse. It could be better, but it could be worse.”
“So I think it’s about remaining calm, doing one thing at a time and moving forward when it’s time to.”
Sebastian Vettel not bothered by the pace of his rival teams
“Even I think the people that had no trouble at all and did lots of laps, I don’t think you can acquire all the information about the new cars, the new tyres, and the changes over the winter in just one and a half days in the car.”
“Let’s be honest: it’s quite difficult to practice, we need to be in the car and we need to run. You can do a simulator all winter long but it’s not the same.”
“So if anybody steps out of the car after one and a half days and is up to the speed that he was after 17 races in 20 weeks as we had last year, I think that’s not possible.”
Sebastian Vettel’s obvious responsibility is to give the new team succor, and he’s already a good benchmark for his teammate. In fact, the younger generation driver, Lance Stroll is showing some serious pace at the moment. Canadian finished 4th fastest in the classification chart on day One, and by improving one position he climbed to 3rd fastest on day Two of the pre-season testing.
“It will naturally take a little bit of time to get up to speed. But for sure there’s some people who need more time, some who need less.” Vettel Summed up.
Well, it’s not easy to conclude, just by comparing timing & strategies, which car is going to be in the front. Even the reigning champion Mercedes slithered few times off the road in windy conditions.
All being said, Sebastian Vettel is an established team leader and one of the few drivers on the grid who always attracts fans to watch him against the likes of Lewis Hamilton, battling for the world championship title.
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