“I knew we can score some points but I certainly didn’t expect second. The race was really strong.”
After failing to score in his first four races with the team, Vettel made a breakthrough at the previous round in Monaco, where he finished fifth.
His Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend did not begin well as he missed out on reaching Q3 by a narrow margin. Vettel was unable to complete his final lap due to Daniel Ricciardo‘s crash.
Although frustrated at the time, that gave Vettel a free tyre choice for the race. He was able to take advantage of the starting speed of a new set of soft compound tyres, moving up two places to ninth on the first lap.
He gained further ground following a Safety Car restart, passing Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly. Max Verstappen’s retirement and Lewis Hamilton’s error at the end of the race helped him take second place.
Aston Martin did not score a podium finish during their original, five-race run in F1 from 1959 to 1960. Vettel scored their first in the sixth race of their return to the championship. The team had four podium finishes last year, as Racing Point.
“I think it’s great for us,” said Vettel. “We had a very rough start to the season. We expected quite a bit more after such a strong year the team had last year. I can’t wait to get back to have a couple of drinks with the guys.”
“I think it’s always nice if you join a new team and get a good result,” he added. “I sat here on Thursday and I said that I’m in it to win and I enjoyed the race because I was getting closer and closer to the spots that I enjoy more and more.”
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