Vettel ‘leaves no stone unturned’ says team boss

Date published: August 19 2021 - Michelle Foster

Sebastian Vettel reading. Britain July 2021

Aston Martin team boss Otmar Szafnauer is impressed with Sebastian Vettel’s worth ethic, saying Lance Stroll is also learning from it.

Vettel joined Aston Martin at the beginning of this season and while it was a rocky start, the German driver has slowly began to adjust to his new environment.

He scored the team’s first podium under the Aston Martin name with a runner up finish at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and would have added a second at the Hungarian race were it not for a fuel infringement.

That saw Vettel disqualified from the grand prix with Aston Martin dropping their appeal after the stewards initially refused to overturn the penalty.

As such Vettel has just 30 points on the board, but that is still 12 more than his team-mate Stroll has managed.

Szafnauer reckons so far, so good.

“Seb brings a mentality that he already had when he won all those races and World championships,” he told Motorsport.com.

“He leaves no stone unturned in the way he goes into the weekend and what he asks of us.

“That goes for both sides of the garage.

“Lance and his team have learned from Seb, and that has helped us move forward.”

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That the “brilliant” driver is once again enjoying racing is a bonus.

“Seb is brilliant,” Szafnauer continued.

“He came to us with the idea that he wanted to enjoy racing again. I often talk to him and I think he is enjoying racing again, which is great.”

Aston Martin performance director Tom McCullough says he is also happy with the way Vettel has integrated himself at the team.

He said: “Our ‘new boy’, Sebastian, was at first disadvantaged by his initial unfamiliarity with the way our car operates and feels, then by the unreliability he suffered in the pre-season test in Bahrain.

“But he has worked very diligently since then, in our simulator at the factory and at the circuits, to help us analyse our previous races with a view to preparing for our upcoming races in the best way possible.”