Vettel claims ‘victory’ as Aston Martin score their first points

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Sebastian Vettel was in excessive spirits after he bought his and Aston Martin's season off the mark with an encouraging eighth-place end at Imola.

					Vettel claims 'victory' as Aston Martin score their first points


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Sebastian Vettel described his factors end within the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as “a victory” for Aston Martin, following their torrid begin to the marketing campaign.

Aston Martin had been the one workforce with out a level to their identify after the primary three races, having endured a very powerful Australian Grand Prix, the place Vettel returned from his Covid-related absence.

On a weekend of blended circumstances at Imola, Vettel and Aston Martin capitalised to make it into Q3 in qualifying, which prompted the primary smiles new workforce boss Mike Krack has seen since he arrived on the outfit.

Vettel and Aston Martin rating their first factors

After dropping again to thirteenth within the dry Dash race, Vettel once more made essentially the most of changeable circumstances through the Grand Prix itself.

An early change to slick tyres impressed Vettel’s cost, which he ended with a ninth-place end and two invaluable factors.

“For us, it is like a victory!” Vettel declared to media, together with

“We have now to be sincere, we aren’t the quickest on the minute. I feel we’re just about on the different aspect of the sector.

“However at the moment, we did rather well. The weekend helped us with the circumstances, however we managed to capitalise.

“I feel we did a terrific job on calling for the dry [tyres] and all people else then, I feel, copied what we did. I used to be comfortable to go even a lap or two earlier than, so it was actually good.”

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Vettel discovered himself sharing the identical piece of monitor as Charles Leclerc within the closing levels, after the Ferrari driver spun off and pitted for repairs.

Whereas their battle was short-lived, as Leclerc recovered to sixth place in his much-quicker F1-75, Vettel loved the general expertise.

“Clearly, [I had] no likelihood to carry Charles off ultimately, [as] he was like 4 seconds sooner, or three seconds sooner, however we did properly,” added Vettel.

“For those who inform us that we’re combating a Ferrari with 4 laps to go, earlier than the race, I might have taken it.

“It is nonetheless eighth place, so it isn’t as pleasurable as successful. However to be sincere, I’ve pushed a whole lot of races the place I completed on the rostrum, and I’ve executed a worse race, so I am very comfortable at the moment.”

Lance Stroll backed up Vettel within the sister Aston Martin so as to add one other level to the workforce’s tally in tenth.

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