Sebastian Vettel says that in the new team he is still struggling with things that make it impossible to focus on driving and he thinks it is very important to solve them as soon as possible in order to become competitive.
Vettel had a disappointing first weekend of the season in the new Aston Martin team that started with relegation in Q1, and the referees punished him with a start from the last place for disrespecting the yellow flags and awarded him three penalty points.
The race was even worse for Vettel as he finished only 15th after a collision with Ocon for which he received a 10-second penalty and two more penalty points, and teammate Stroll managed to win just one point for tenth place.
“It was probably not the weekend we were expecting, but there are a lot of things we learned in the race that we need to solve,” Vettel said. "We'll see how quickly we can solve them, but I don't feel at home in the car."
“There are a lot of things I struggle with that I can’t focus on driving. We have to solve them and try to fix them. ”
Vettel believes that the team is not even close to 100%, and the situation was aggravated by the change of rules, which hit the cars with a low floor slope - Mercedes and Aston Martin.
Ironically, Racing Point switched to such a concept only last year when they decided to copy Mercedes. "I'd say we're at less than half [potential] because a lot of things happen that interrupt our pace and make it harder to get a feel for the car and a sense of what I need to drive it fast so we have a lot of work to do."
"Obviously I have to adjust to the way the car wants to be driven, but there are a lot of other things that contribute to inconsistencies, and that doesn't help." "I hope we can fix them very quickly."
Regardless of the problems, Vettel is optimistic that the team can have a good season despite a disastrous first weekend. "I feel really good. Of course, I'm sorry for such a bad weekend because I know how much we prepared before the start of the season, "he said.
"On the other hand, we can only move forward from here. Like I said, we've learned a lot and there's a lot of work ahead of us, but we have to go step by step. ”