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Vettel’s successful weekend despite moment of shock

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Aston Martin fans were subjected to a brief moment of shock when Vettel had to take the emergency exit at turn three during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. But his quick reaction secured him a top 10 finish – by now, the German can laugh about the incident.

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In qualifying, Sebastian Vettel was already able to show what he could get out of the AMR22’s B-Spec.

During a chaotic Saturday, Vettel drove up to P9, a good starting position if you observe the past races. Team-mate Stroll started from P19.

Vettel’s race action

The eventful race in Baku resulted in a total of four driver retirements. Shockingly, both Ferraris of Sainz and Leclerc dropped out due to technical defects and engine failure.

Shortly after, other Ferrari engine clients followed with Zhou’s Alfa and Magnussen’s Haas.

Sebastian Vettel expertly manoeuvred his Aston Martin through the narrow streets of Baku until he launched an overtaking manoeuvre on Alpine’s Esteban Ocon before turn three to move up to P6.

Vettel misjudged and had to go straight instead of taking the tight left turn.

This wasn’t the first time drivers had to take this route. It usually always takes a little while for the drivers to get back on the track.

But Vettel’s fighting spirit got the better of him, and within moments he turned his car 180 degrees. In the process, he scraped past the barrier by a few millimetres, but he managed to get back on the road just behind Yuki Tsunoda. He was still in the top 10 at that point – his spin cost him just under 7 seconds.

Vettel then recovered back to 6th place, where he finished the race.

Success for Aston Martin

Vettel is obviously happy with the result. He stated in his post-race interview:

“I think overall sixth is really good, we’re really happy with the result. We had an amazing pit stop where we beat Mercedes with Lewis. After that, I think I was already past Esteban but then a bit late because I was sure he was going to battle for it and I wasn’t quite sure so I took the emergency lane and lost a lot of time.”

When asked if he could have finished the race even further ahead without the incident, he said:

“Without that time, I think we could have had a battle for P5 on our hands, but nevertheless I think it’s a really good result.”

Things seem to be looking up for Aston Martin since the upgrade in Barcelona – even though Vettel’s teammate Lance Stroll didn’t finish the race in Baku.

Vettel’s outlook for the future:

“We’ve been chasing the limits of this car now a little bit more and it seems to pay off, but we need to also be realistic,” said Vettel. “I think this weekend, we were a little bit stronger than [Alfa Romeo], matching the Alpines, matching the AlphaTauris and then it puts us in a different ballpark.”

We’re sure another competitive team in the midfield will make for more exciting moments in the 2022 season. We’ll see whether Lance Stroll will score points in his home race in Canada next weekend.

 

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