Sebastian Vettel’s mega deficit “not normal”

Sebastian Vettel had certainly imagined his Formula 1 comeback after the corona infection differently.

At the Australian Grand Prix, the Aston Martin driver hardly got to drive due to technical problems on Friday and accidents in FT3 and in the race, and when he did, he was clearly behind.

The German’s conclusion was correspondingly devastating: “It can’t get any worse.” Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack still believes that there is something to take away from the most recent race weekend.

“I think we can really take something from it. First of all, I’m glad that Seb is doing well after all the incidents,” says Krack about the accident in the race in which Vettel hit the barriers hard after exiting turn 4 ran over the curb and the car swerved.

Vettel deficit due to missed Formula 1 races?

His team boss does not believe that Vettel’s problems in Melbourne are also related to the fact that he missed two races before: “If someone like him, a four-time world champion, has the problems he had this weekend, it’s not because he wasn’t driving because he was driving the car.”

“We really have to think about what car we give him, what feedback he gets from the car. Because you will agree that it is not normal when he is as far behind as he was this weekend.”

“And I don’t think it has anything to do with the fact that he missed two races,” affirmed Krack. “I mean, he’s won a number of times in Melbourne. He’s also done some testing with the car, so it would be very easy to say, oh, he’s not been there for two weekends. With a driver in this class, we really have to check which one tools we give him.”

Krack defends Stroll after penalties

For Vettel’s teammate Lance Stroll, things went a little better in the race: Despite a grid penalty (for a collision with Nicholas Latifi) and a time penalty (for zigzagging on the straight), the Canadian finished twelfth.

As a result of the aforementioned incidents, however, Stroll collected three more penalty points and now has a total of eight. When asked about this, Krack says: “I think we have to learn how the new race control works and how they regulate it.”

“We’ve learned it a bit the hard way at the moment but we’ll keep it under control. Yes, we conceded two points on Saturday and one point on Sunday. But if the car isn’t what you want it to be , then of course the drivers try to defend as much as possible.”

In addition, the new race management may also follow a stricter line in cases of disability and the like, the Aston Martin team boss suspects. “But that would be too easy to say,” Krack admits, adding: “I also think that if we had a better car, we wouldn’t have these problems.”

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