Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, Imola, 2022

I didn’t appreciate how hard teams work at the back of the grid – Vettel

2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel says his Aston Martin team deserved their reward after scoring their first points of 2022 with eighth place in Imola.

“It’s like a victory,” he said. “We are not the fastest at the minute, I think we are pretty much at the other side of the field. But today we did really well.”

Vettel was unaware Daniel Ricciardo had been the fist person to pit for slick tyres on the drying track, and said he could have made his switch even earlier.

“The weekend helped us with the conditions, but we managed to capitalise,” he said. “I think we did a great job on calling for the dries and everybody else then I think copied what we did. I was happy to go even a lap before or two. So it was really good.”

He ran seventh ahead of Charles Leclerc towards the end of the race but couldn’t keep the Ferrari behind.

“Obviously I had no chance to hold Charles off in the end, he is like four seconds faster, three seconds faster,” said Vettel. “But if you tell us that we are fighting a Ferrari with four laps to go before the race, I would have taken it.”

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The four-times world champion said he enjoyed the race despite not being in the hunt for higher places. “It’s still eighth position, so it’s not as enjoyable as winning. But to be honest I’ve driven a lot of races where I finished on the podium and I’ve done worse races, so I am very happy.”

Race start, Imola, 2022
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Lance Stroll took 10th place, meaning Aston Martin scored points with both cars. Vettel said the result was “very important” for the team’s motivation.

“It’s harsh, you work your arse off and when you have a good package it’s easy to score good results and then it’s about perfection to deliver the perfect result.

“But the work that goes in at the back of the field, to be honest, for many years, I did not appreciate as much because I wasn’t there. But it’s the same work that goes in from all the people in the team.

“And it’s even harder because you don’t get any cookie or any reward after the race. So try and make your dog jump without a cookie to please him afterwards, it’s hard.

“So it’s good for them and I’m happy for the team. Good to get both cars in the points as well.”

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5 comments on “I didn’t appreciate how hard teams work at the back of the grid – Vettel”

  1. I’m happy to see Aston score, might not be as hard as it was. Happy as the Aston is not as bad as everyone had been saying, I am gloating again but I have been saying it all along.
    The start of the season is always a bit more unpredictable as teams figure out their cars and the tyres but on a reg change, things change dramatically as 98;09;17 prove, there a lot of low hanging fruit. In 22, the above weight cars are going to catch up and some teams will introduce big upgrades for catalunya. I’m absolutely predicting mercedes to win races this season.

    1. Not trying to be negative as the team definiteky capitalized on a lot of other temas errors/misfortune.

      On raw pace and assuming every car finished, Mclarens (Ricciardo), Renaikt (Alonso, Ocon) and Ferrai (Sainz) as an example woudlve pushed them back to between P11 – P16.

      Hopefully the team brings some good updates to the car down th season.

      Always good to see a team members being motivated by occasional results.

  2. In wet and difficult conditions Vettels one of the few drivers who delivers. Strolls also a top wet weather driver, better than 60% of the grid.

    To everyone hating on the driver lineup, going on about retirement for the past 3 years, please stop already. The car is crap and that’s the biggest problem. Not the drivers.

  3. l am sure this is PR team moral comment , seb never started f1 in front running car

  4. Great to hear Seb say all this. Maybe the next time (if ever), he’s lapping another car, he’ll be a little less annoying about “blue flags blue flags” and calling them cucumbers.

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