Four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel left Ferrari after spending five years with the Italian outfit to join Aston Martin in 2021. As of now though, it seems the shift has not done any favours, with Vettel failing to score any points in the first two races of the season.
His results have been far from decent, with Sebastian having been knocked out in Q1 in Bahrain with a 15th place finish, whilst he retired in the last stages of the race at Imola following a gearbox issue, after qualifying p13.
He has been out-qualified by Lance Stroll at both outings, with the driver recently opening up about how he needs time to get up to speed with the AMR21 car and build up his confidence.
To this, Aston Martin’s team boss Otmar Szafnauer has said that Vettel was struggling with rear-end instability on corner entry due to lack of consistency with his car.
“Here in particular, it’s a little bit [of] having instability going into the corner at the rear, but I think the biggest difficulty is the variability in it,” Szafnauer stated.
“So if it does the same thing time and time again, then you can get to the limit and stay there and go a bit quicker. “But when it’s variable and you don’t know what to expect, I think that’s the issue.
“The more you drive a car, the more you’re feeling it or with it, then the more you can predict that kind of stuff. It’s just a matter of seat time.”
For those of you unaware, the team has been quite vocal about its struggles in the early part of the season due to a rule change in 2021 that saw downforce levels being cut back.
Otmar felt that the lack of rear-end confidence stemmed from the lost downforce, but the upcoming upgrades would be the key to fix this.
“That cure is going to come from a lot of good work in the wind tunnel, and just bringing new parts of the car in the next few races to get some of that load back that we lost at the rear,” he said. “That’s exactly where that’s coming from.
“There is a path. You’ll see some improvements coming at the next race, for example, and thereafter, there’ll be some other upgrades as well. “So it won’t be the last one.”
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