Sebastian Vettel reveals he is ‘not at home’ in his new Aston Martin after switching from Ferrari … as four-time world champion admits the team must ‘tackle problems and try to solve them’ before the next race in Imola
- Sebastian Vettel had a nightmare Aston Martin debut at the Bahrain GP
- The German started at the back and was given a five-point penalty
- Vettel admits that after switching from Ferrari, he is still struggling with his new team
- The four-time F1 champion claims he doesn’t feel ‘at home’ at Aston Martin
Sebastian Vettel admits he still doesn’t feel ‘at home’ in his Aston Martin car after making a debut to forget at last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
The four-time Formula 1 champion joined Aston Martin ahead of the new season after six years with Ferrari, but started last Sunday’s race at the back of the grid and was involved in a collision with Esteban Ocon, which cost him penalty points.
The German finished 15th in the general classification and took no points in the first weekend, but claims there are several aspects that distract him from his driving style.
Sebastian Vettel admits he still doesn’t feel ‘at home’ with his new Aston Martin racing team
Vettel had a terrible Aston Martin debut at the Bahrain GP and was penalized for a crash
Vettel told Motorsport.com: ‘It’s probably not the weekend we’ve been looking for, but there are a lot of things we’ve learned in the race that we need to address.
“We’ll see how quickly we can fix them, but I’m not at home in the car.
‘There are a lot of things that fight me so that I can’t really focus on driving. We have to deal with them and try to solve them. ‘
Vettel endured his worst Formula 1 season ever last year, with his 33 points overall the lowest campaign total in his career to date.
Ferrari also finished sixth in the constructors’ standings, the worst result in a single season since 1980.
German racer Vettel joined Ferrari’s Aston Martin last year after his worst F1 campaign ever
Vettel replaced Red Bull-bound Sergio Perez in the Aston Martin team this season, but still claims he is less than 50 percent uncomfortable with his new environment.
When asked how long it takes to get to 100 percent, Vettel added, “ I’d probably say less than half because so many things are still happening that break the rhythm and make it pretty hard to feel the car and to feel. what I have to do to go fast, so there is still a lot to do.
‘I obviously adapt to how the car wants to drive, but there are clearly a lot of things that add certain inconsistencies that don’t help. I hope we can make a lot of it very soon. ‘
Vettel is hoping for better track time at the next F1 event of the season – the Imola Grand Prix in Emilia Romagna on April 18.