Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team’s Sebastian Vettel says the Silverstone got a lot out of the opening day of the 2021 Formula One season as the circus heads to Bahrain for the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit where just two weeks ago the sport held three days of testing at the circuit having been here in December just before the season ended in Abu Dhabi.
Vettel, who joined Aston Martin over the off-season from Ferrari ended the opening day of track activity in 14th place with a time of 01:31.769s and speaking following the action the German commented saying:
“It’s very busy with less time in the practice sessions, but we were able to get a lot out of it. Every lap helps me get more used to the car and I’m able to find more of a rhythm. I’m still trying a lot of things and learning as I go, so I’m looking forward to going over the data and coming back tomorrow with the insights we have gained. The car was really promising in some corners and less so in others, but that’s normal at this stage of the season. We will work tonight to find a more consistent balance. As you can see, the midfield is very tight and everyone is learning quickly, but I hope we will be a factor.”
Lance Stroll ended the day in eighth place with a time of 01:31.393s and speaking following the action the Canadian commented saying:
“It was great to be back in the car today and I’m excited to get racing again. Today was the first real indication of everyone’s performance and you can see that the middle of the grid is very close and competitive. It was a little tricky on track with the high winds – a bit like it was in testing at times. Today’s practice sessions also reminded me just how important it is to get the little details right, so we will work hard tonight and go over all the data to find improvements where we can.”
Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team CEO and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer commented saying:
“The practice sessions are shorter for everyone this year, but the goals are the same. It’s about making sure you’re able to complete your performance runs and race simulations. We made progress with both of those objectives, collected a large amount of information and have learned more about the car and its characteristics. We’ve made progress since we were here for testing, but the conditions were quite windy in the second session, and it’s still not easy to have a clear picture of where we sit in the pecking order just yet. On Sebastian’s side, he had a disrupted test, so it was about getting him as much track time as possible today. The more comfortable he is with the car, the more he can push. For Lance, it was a productive day and plenty of laps completed as we head into the weekend. We still need to improve our pace over a single lap and that’s one of the priorities as we prepare for final practice and qualifying tomorrow.”