Vettel will return to race for Aston Martin at Australian Grand Prix

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Aston Martin has confirmed Sebastian Vettel will return to race in the Australian Grand Prix, after missing the first two races of the season.

Vettel tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the Bahrain Grand Prix, prompting the team’s reserve driver Nico Hülkenberg to replace the four-times champion. Hulkenberg remained in the seat for the second round of the championship one week later in Saudi Arabia.

“We are pleased to confirm that Sebastian Vettel is now fit to race and will therefore line up alongside Lance Stroll in Melbourne to kick off his 2022 F1 season,” said the team in a statement on social media.

Aston Martin are yet to score a point so far this season. Stroll finished 12th for the team in Bahrain, a result Hulkenberg repeated in Jeddah.

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21/10/2020Lawrence StrollRacing Point
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30/10/2020Four team membersRacing Point
11/11/2020Simon RobertsWilliams
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26/11/2020Jonathan WheatleyRed Bull
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5/1/2021Lando NorrisMcLaren
13/1/2021Charles LeclercFerrari
25/1/2021Toto WolffMercedes
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11/3/2021Frederic VasseurAlfa Romeo
25/3/2021Two team membersAston Martin
15/7/2021Three team membersMcLarenIncluding McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown
4/9/2021Kimi RaikkonenAlfa RomeoMissed two races
7/10/2021Alan van der Merwe and Dr Ian RobertsMedical Car teamMissed Turkish Grand Prix
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12 comments on “Vettel will return to race for Aston Martin at Australian Grand Prix”

  1. His AusGP participation was effectively never in doubt given lead time. Good thing he’s fully recovered.

  2. Fantastic news! The 3 year wait is almost over!

  3. Just like in 2007 he will start the season in down under

  4. He and Lewis both missed a great opportunity to retire.

    1. As well as us, the unwashed masses.

    2. I don’t think running away like a coward is a good moment to retire (like rosberg), if there’s a thing hamilton has to prove it’s being able to extract the most from a bad car, like schumacher, alonso or others.

      1. You seriously think his current Mercedes is a bad car?

      2. I don’t think he has anything else to prove. He’s driven poorer cars before 2014, and even the Mercedes cars were difficult at times, for example the first few races of 2021 with the instability at the rear. Schumacher in his stint with Mercedes couldn’t do any miracle. Alonso at McLaren couldn’t do any miracle. If a driver can win with the car he’s driving, the car isn’t that bad. There’s too much hype on the topic.

  5. He found a novel way to boycott the first 2 races.

    1. @broke1984 He can’t boycott the fact his team are sponsored by a company which makes up a massive part of the economy of one of those countries those races were held in though…

  6. I just noticed Charles was positive twice….. And i miss Christiaan Horner on the list he had it at christmas (around) according himself or was he talking in royal multiple sense.

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