Sebastian Vettel has said that, although Aston Martin are slower this year than expected, he has confidence in their ability to progress.
“So it is what it is, yet I think we we can grow as a team. There’s a lot of small things that we are looking at we can improve. And I think the whole group is still very excited. The spirit is great.
“So I’m very happy where I am, despite obviously the performance not being where we all wanted it to be. I think we’ve accepted that and we try to do the best we can from there.”
This year’s Aston Martin car is, like all 2021 F1 cars, an adaptation of its 2020 predecessor. The team scored four podium finishes last year as Racing Point, including a win at the Sakhir Grand Prix, but have only five points from three races so far this year. The team’s management has complained bitterly about rules changes introduced during the off-season.
Vettel also believes the aerodynamic regulation changes introduced this season has caused more problems for his new team than many of their rivals.
“If you are completely honest, our car is not quick enough. What we thought and we wanted, obviously, [was] to be quicker. I think the rule changes obviously hurt us more than they probably did other people, but it is what it is so we’ve got to make the most out of it where we are.”
2021 Spanish Grand Prix
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