After his Ferrari nightmare, Sebastian Vettel is ‘enjoying racing again’ with Aston Martin.
Sebastian Vettel is ‘enjoying racing again’ with Aston Martin after his Ferrari tragedy.
Sebastian Vettel collected just 33 points in his final season with Ferrari, but the four-time Formula One champion has found a new lease on life since going to Aston Martin for 2021.
Sebastian Vettel has rekindled his love for Formula One since joining Aston Martin, according to his team principal. The four-time world champion joins the team for 2021 after clashing with Charles Leclerc at Ferrari last season.
Despite being disqualified following a second-place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix last time out due to officials not being able to obtain a large enough fuel sample from his car at the end of the race, the German has already landed on the podium twice this season.
It’s a long cry from his Ferrari woes in 2020, when the Prancing Horse placed sixth in the constructor’s championship, the Prancing Horse’s lowest finish in four decades.
According to team principal Otmar Szafnauer, Vettel has been “more comfortable with himself” in his first half-season with Aston Martin.
“At first, before Seb arrived here, he said, ‘Look, the reason I want to come is to enjoy racing again,’” he told GPFans Global. That was his motivation for coming. If you ask him, which I do frequently, he will tell you that he is back to enjoying racing.
“He didn’t enjoy himself in Silverstone. He was a little too harsh on himself. He admitted that he shouldn’t have done it, but it happens to even the most responsible people.
“He appears to be at ease in any case. He’s rekindled his passion for racing, which is a wonderful thing. That is precisely what he had hoped for.”
Vettel is currently in 12th place in the driver standings, with 30 points to teammate Lance Stroll’s 12.
The German would have moved up to 10th place and surpassed his total for the entire 2020 season if he hadn’t been disqualified from his podium finish in Budapest.
Aston Martin is presently seventh in the constructors’ standings, which Vettel admitted to Gazzetta dello Sport was not what he had hoped for after leaving Ferrari.
He told an Italian newspaper that the team’s goal for 2021 was to leapfrog two of its competitors to finish fifth, before taking advantage of future technical rule changes. “Brinkwire News in a Nutshell.”