Sebastian Vettel wasn’t with Aston Martin in Saudi Arabia, no less than not bodily, with Mike Krack revealing the motive force was “just about current” attempting to assist the crew.
Aston Martin had one other point-less weekend on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, the crew one in every of solely two outfits but to get off the mark.
Whereas Lance Stroll completed thirteenth place on the night time, the sufferer of a late incident involving Alex Albon, Vettel’s substitute Nico Hulkenberg was P12.
Vettel was compelled to overlook the Jeddah race, as he did the Bahrain Grand Prix, the motive force having examined optimistic for Covid-19.
However whereas he wasn’t there bodily, crew boss Krack says he attended all of the crew’s conferences just about, giving “recommendation” to assist the crew.
“He was just about current in any respect conferences and gave us recommendation,” Krack informed F1-Insider.com.
“We hoped till the tip that he may be capable to drive in spite of everything. However there comes some extent whenever you run out of time. We needed to decide.
“And since Sebastian wasn’t prepared, we selected Nico.”
Whereas Aston Martin didn’t share any data concerning Vettel’s well being, apart from to say that he had examined optimistic, Hulkenberg says his compatriot has been in poor health from the virus.
“We have been in fixed contact,” he mentioned. “He was fairly battered.”
Vettel is predicted to be again within the automotive in time for the Australian Grand Prix, spherical three of the championship the place Aston Martin will probably be chasing their first factors of the championship.
Whereas Stroll was P13 in Saudi Arabia, Hulkenberg was twelfth place.
“We put collectively a clear race, however sadly the occasions and alternatives didn’t actually go our means,” mentioned Nico.
The primary Security Automobile interval was unhelpful as a result of we have been working an extended first stint on the laborious tyre – in order that compromised our race.
“It was a demanding race, however I’m pleased with my efficiency contemplating my restricted expertise with the automotive.
“We gave it all the things on the market, however factors have been out of attain.”