Vettel praises Aston Martin’s performance in Hungary but admits: “Difficult car to drive”

Vettel praises Aston Martin’s performance in Hungary but admits: “Difficult car to drive”

Sebastian Vettel finished FP2 inside the top 10 in Hungary

Photo: Aston Martin / Grand Prix


The biggest star of the Formula 1 weekend in Hungary is, of course, Sebastian Vettel. The four-time world champion drew attention to himself by announcing he would be leaving the division at the end of the season – on track, however, Aston Martin continues unimpressive. The German even made it to the top 10 and closed FP2 at the Hungaroring in seventh place, but admitted that he still has problems driving the AMR21.

“Actually, our pace today looked really good – our long runs were competitive, and I think we did a good job as a team,” said the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 champion, who expressed his desire to spend more time with his family. in announcing his departure from F1. “But the car is still hard to drive,” he admitted.

Vettel clocked 1min20s383 on his best lap in the first free practice, which took him 11th – one place and 0s034 ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll. In the second session of the day, the German clocked 1min19s253 in seventh place, seven places ahead of the Canadian and leaving two Mercedes behind, including Alfa Romeo and Esteban Ocon’s Alpine.

Vettel said he expects rain at the Hungaroring (Image: Aston Martin)

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Despite the good position, Vettel is aware that free practice has represented Aston Martin a little compared to Saturdays which have been the real weakness of the team in 2022. The German acknowledged the difficulty of the British team in qualifying and said he hoped that the forecast the rain for the weekend would fall, mixing up the grid and possibly bringing the opportunity to be more competitive.

“Recently, we have been struggling in dry qualifying. So I am hopeful that the heavy rain expected tomorrow will give us an opportunity,” he explained. “I love driving at this circuit and I hope the weather doesn’t stop us from putting on a great show for the fans tomorrow.”

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