One of the attractions of the start of the 2021 season of the F1 at Bahrain Grand Prix It was to see the German in action Sebastian Vettel en Aston Martin, team he came to after Ferrari decide to dispense with their services.
The image left by the four-time champion in his new team was unfortunate. Classified 18 °, although he released 20 ° by not respecting a double yellow flag in the timed run. Finished 15 ° the race one lap from Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), not before foolishly bumping the French Esteban Ocon (Alpine) in a braking; something that earned him a new sanction (10 second bonus). This disappointing performance provoked the analysis of some former drivers who did not leave the German in good standing.
“I just don't see how he's going to rediscover his magic. I think it's an asset for the team in terms of experience, a safe pair of hands when it comes to getting the car home, but I think once you lose that bit of speed… ”, he reflected David Coulthard en Sky.
“I wonder if Seb is part of the development plan of the brand, Aston Martin, but that also goes for Lance Stroll, because if he can beat a four-time world champion, that will become a justification for why he is a champion. potential… If Stroll does to Seb what Charles Leclerc did to Seb, then I don't see how Vettel can end the season. ", fired the scotch.
Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, warned in Sky Germany: “The question remains why does Seb continue to make mistakes like that (with Ocon). With your experience, you should be able to better assess situations like that, so you have to ask yourself. I don't think we need to worry about how things are at Aston Martin right now, the relationship is still too early for that. But it could be rushed at some point after more negative experiences. "
While the Danish portal Extra Blade consulted the former broker Jason watt, who was more categorical. “I was probably expecting a recovery this year, but I think Vettel's time is up. It will never go back to the level it was before. I'm sorry to say that you haven't contributed anything in the last two or three years. He was good in the old days at Red Bull, with a big load, but since then he's been tailing downhill. He makes stupid mistakes that show the pressure he's in. If you ask me, he won't be on the grid in 2022 ”, he assured.