Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel is back with his team for the 2022 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix after missing the first two races of the season due to Covid, the German admitting he feels like arriving late to school.
Vettel can finally get racing in 2022 after recovering from Covid-19, after missing the races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia; not an ideal start for his second year with Aston Martin, as the team seems to be struggling with their new AMR22.
Vettel was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg for the first two racing, the Hulk claiming the four-time World Champion will have to dig deep to get back up to speed with the car.
Vettel previewed the race in Melbourne in a team’s press release and said: “After testing positive and missing the first two races, it feels a bit like arriving late to school, so I’m really keen to get going again!
Great for F1 to return to Melbourne after two years’ absence
“Starting my season in Australia is something I’ve done before, of course, and it’s also great that Formula One is returning after a difficult couple of years,” he added.
“For me, after nearly a month out of the car, it will be important to learn throughout the practice sessions, and I hope we can take some steps forward in what is usually an exciting and unpredictable race,” Vettel concluded.
Vettel’s teammate Lance Stroll added: “It’s fantastic to be able to return to Australia. Melbourne is such a great sporting city, and the Albert Park track is always fun to drive.
“I’m looking forward to sampling the revised layout and the resurfaced track, which will hopefully improve overtaking – especially into Turn 13, which has been tightened.
“In fact, it will be very interesting to see how these new ground-effect cars perform here, as they should also hopefully make racing closer and more exciting,” the Canadian concluded.
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