Szafnauer: Vettel is 99 plus per cent, probably more to come

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Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer believes that Sebastian Vettel is now “99 plus” per cent following his off-season move from Ferrari.

The four-time world champion endured perhaps the worst season of his career in 2020, with many hoping that a change of scenery would enable him to unlock his best form once again.

So far the move seems to have worked for Vettel, with the German scoring points at three of his last five races.

As it stands Vettel sits 10th in the drivers’ championship, 16 points clear of his teammate Lance Stroll, with Szafnauer explaining that the 34-year-old is now “very comfortable” behind the wheel of the AMR21.

“Yeah, I mean, I think he’s 99 plus,” he said.

“There’s probably more to come from Seb but he’s very comfortable, he’s working well with the team and working hard to get more performance out of the car, so we’re really happy with him.”

Aston Martin made a slow start to the season but have made significant strides in recent races, with Vettel sealing the team’s first podium since they rebranded at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

“I think it’s been a few things,” Szafnauer added.

“Number one, if you remember back, we didn’t get much running in winter testing, we had some reliability issues, we had a driver change as well and Sebastian is getting more used to the car, he’s started scoring us points.

“Some of the circuits that we went to also suited us a little bit better, and we’ve upgraded the car, so I think it’s a combination of all those things.”