Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel has no illusions: Everything will be even harder in Austin as he will fall on the starting grid for Sunday’s race due to a change of engine. After the summer break, Aston Martin was not on the fast track to success: only Williams, Alfa Romeo, and Haas are worse.
No one from the British team is talking about the former ambition (3rd place behind Mercedes and Red Bull Racing), and the 5th place goal was missed. Aston Martin is 31 points behind AlphaTauri, and as much as 43 behind Alpine, which means the seventh position in the constructors' championship.
However, Sebastian Vettel knows that Aston Martin can do better: “We want to fight back. We have shown in past races that we have the speed to stay in the middle of the grid, "said Vettel ahead of the US Grand Prix.
“On this race track, everything stands and falls with good settings. Therefore, we have to find the best possible settings in free practice, "he added. Vettel, with no points after 5th place in Belgium, had a great performance in Texas: second in 2012 on his debut in Austin, winner in 2013, third in 2015, second in 2017, he adds that he loves a challenging track.
Vettel remembers Austin only for good. He has a particularly fond memory of the USA when he debuted at the Indianapolis track. After that, Vettel had a great career that continues to this day "We all love coming here, Austin is crazy in a positive way.
At first, the city seemed a bit strange to me, and then I fell for it. " "I was really looking forward to returning to Austin. America is always special to me - I debuted in Formula 1 in Indianapolis in 2007, never forget something like that, and my father is a big fan of American cars.
" However, despite having a lot of positive things he loves about Austin, the Aston Martin driver has admitted he will have to change the engine. Vettel will not be happy because of that problem. But given the quality he has, it probably won’t have much of an impact "Circuit of America is a top track, and modern tracks didn't turn out very well.
Austin is completely different: it goes up and down, there are a lot of interesting corners." "Unfortunately, we will have to change the engines here, so we will get a penalty, "said Sebastian Vettel.