Even the controversial update from Aston Martin could not get Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll into the points in Barcelona.
For many, the AMR22 looked like a green Red Bull in Spain, but Aston Martin was far from having the pace of the bulls. Stroll was 15th, Vettel just missed out on the points in eleventh place.
Although, according to Sebastian Vettel, it wasn’t really that close: “The gap to Yuki [Tsunoda] was pretty big in the end. But we tried it,” says the German.
Vettel was a good 16 seconds behind the AlphaTauri pilot at the finish – that is indeed a lot. “Obviously we won’t take any points with eleventh place. That was actually the goal.”
If Vettel had to describe the race in two words, it would probably be “warm” and “slow”. Because the heat in Spain with 36 degrees Celsius had caused the pilots to sweat a lot.
And the tires also had their problems: “It probably felt worse for everyone in the car,” says Vettel. “It was so hot and so slippery that we were so slow. Throughout the race, we practically drove Formula 2 qualifying times,” he says.
Vettel had tried to drive an alternative strategy and was on the first set of soft tires for 21 laps and thus the longest on the road, only to then be one of only four pilots to put on soft tires in the second stint – none of them drove, however into the points.
“I think we managed the tires better than most but couldn’t make any difference,” said Vettel.
The much-discussed update could not lead Aston Martin into the top 10. But Vettel doesn’t see it that closely: “We know that we still have a lot of work to do with the new package. And we knew it wasn’t going to be a big step forward. But we believe it’s a better direction for the future.”
This article was written by Norman Fischer, co-author: Oleg Karpov
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