Sebastian Vettel regrets much of the lost morning on the second day of pre-season testing in Bahrain, after he had to give up due to a gearbox malfunction, and did only eight laps. Vettel's malfunction occurred at a fairly early stage of the morning part of the test.
He went out on the track once more towards the end of the session and did a few more laps. The afternoon part of the training was done by Lance Stroll, and Vettel hopes to do more laps on Sunday. Vettel is not happy with how he did yesterday's race and believes that his team has a lot to improve on.
A gearbox malfunction is a reason why the race was bad for Vettel and he failed to make up for a lost time. Given Vettel's experience and knowledge, we have no doubt that his race will look much better in the future “The last 24 hours have been pretty busy for me, for everyone in the garage, for the whole team.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have a very productive morning, we had a problem with the gearbox and we had to change it, and that cost quite a bit of time and unfortunately, we didn’t do a lot of laps. So, we didn't make good use of this morning, "Vettel said.
Szaufnauer wants to use the remaining time
Team boss Otmar Szafnauer added that Vettel needs time to get used to AMR21: “We lost a lot of hours of work, so now that we’ve solved the problem, the engineers will adjust the testing plan to get the most important job done, and to make sure we’ve made at least one step forward.
That is the first and most important thing." Now Aston Martin wants to make the most of the remaining time to upgrade the car and take advantage of a previous bad experience. Vettel is not happy with how he did yesterday's race and believes that his team has a lot to improve on.
“Secondly, it will have an impact on Seba, because he will have less time in the car before the first race, and what he really needs right now is the time in the car. We will do the best we can with the remaining time ", concluded Otmar.
There is only one day left from the pre-season testing in Bahrain. Vettel will drive in the afternoon and Stroll will drive in the morning. However, yesterday it was not so bad for the team, as they managed to do a decent 97 laps.