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Vettel “won’t be on the grid in 2022” according to ex racing drivers

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Former racing driver Jason Watt claims he doesn’t expect to see Sebastian Vettel on the F1 grid in 2022 as “his time has run out.”

The German completed his first race for Aston Martin at the Bahrain Grand Prix last Sunday, but things didn’t go the way he would have hoped, failing to get out of Q1 and finishing outside of the points. Vettel will be hoping his fortunes improve as the seasons continues, and he will hope to put a disappointing 2020 behind him.

Despite Watt’s claim, Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer defended his driver, saying The car is completely different from what he drove before, The whole philosophy, the power train.

“Sebastian has only been with us for a few days. He was unable to do a great deal of distance in the test and is still getting used to it, but I have no doubt that he will eventually be back at his best level.”

“There is no reason to jump to conclusions,” he said. “We’ve had one race.

“Yes, it was not the best race, but there are also positives. His lap times were similar to Lance’s (Stroll), who has spent a lot of time with us, and at some moments he was very competitive. Of course I’ll talk to Sebastian about the last race, but it’s too early to draw conclusions.”

Former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, has had his say on the Vettel situation, and thinks the German running into the back of Esteban Ocon was a stupid move:

“But when you look at the recordings, it is 100 percent clear that this was Vettel’s mistake only. After the race he apologised to Ocon, but the question remains why Sebastian keeps making mistakes like this.

“With his experience he should be able to assess situations such as that better, so he has to question himself,” Schumacher told Sky Deutchland. I don’t think we have to worry about the mood at Aston Martin right now – the collaboration is still too fresh for that. But it could tip over at some point after further negative experiences.”

Jason Watt left a message for Vettel in Ekstra Bladet newspaper following last Sundays race, “He probably hoped for a recovery this year, but I think time has run out for Vettel,

“He will never come back to the level he had before. I’m sorry to have to point out that he has not delivered anything at all in the last two or three years. He was good in the ‘old days’ in the mega-downforce Red Bull, but since then it has gone violently downhill. He makes stupid mistakes which show the pressure he is under.”

“If you ask me, he won’t be on the grid in 2022,” Watt added.

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