Sebastian Vettel hopes to use the momentum from his last two race performances to propel him towards consistent high-scoring finishes in upcoming races.
The Aston Martin driver followed up an impressive P5 showing in Monaco with his first podium of the season by taking P2 in Azerbaijan – gaining nine places in doing so – to give the German 28 points from his last two outings.
Having seemingly struggled for pace in the early stages of the season with his new team, Vettel appears to have made significant strides forward with his performance in the AMR21 of late.
With the French Grand Prix signalling the start of Formula 1’s first triple-header of the season, the four-time World Champion says he hopes to use the platform of his recent performances and build on that by maintaining consistency in races to come.
“I think we’re coming into this race on a high after the success of Baku,” Vettel said.
“There’s been time to celebrate, but now I’m fully focused on maintaining our momentum in France.
“We’ve brought home a decent points haul in Monaco and Azerbaijan, and we need to keep up the consistent form in what is proving to be an extremely close midfield battle this year.”
As for team-mate Lance Stroll, the Canadian was the first victim of a massive blowout of his left-rear tyre in Azerbaijan, crashing into the barriers on the main straight while travelling at speeds approaching 200mph.
After Max Verstappen ended up in the barrier five laps from the end with the same fate, the dangerous nature of both incidents in similar circumstances left Vettel after the race wondering who would have been next to crash out in spectacular fashion.
Stroll managed to walk away unscathed from his high-speed crash in Baku, but spoke with perspective about how Vettel’s podium last time out helped morale.
“My race in Baku ended in disappointment, but the whole team can take positives from our race pace and the boost Sebastian’s podium gave us all,” Stroll said.
“I’m determined to bounce back strongly in France. Paul Ricard is a good all-rounder and tests every aspect of a Formula One car, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the AMR21 performs this weekend.”