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Aston Martin: Vettel helped us lift our game

Aston Martin: Vettel helped us lift our game

Aston Martin: Vettel helped us lift our game

Aston Martin Performance Director Tom McCullough credited Sebastian Vettel for the work he has done with the team over two seasons, insisting he’s helped the team lift their game.

Vettel joined Aston Martin at the start of the 2021 Formula 1 season, and retired after two seasons with the team, but without achieving any of the success he enjoyed earlier in his career.

The four-time F1 Champion’s best result with Aston Martin remains his second place in Baku in 2021, and another second place in Hungary of the same year – the latter stripped from him for a fuel-related violation.

However, Aston Martin’s Performance Director, Tom McCullough insists the work Vettel did behind the scenes is very valuable, with the team set to reap its rewards in the coming years.

McCullough said of Vettel, quoted by F1’s official website: “He’s had a big impact on our team. He came from two big teams with the experience of winning races, winning championships, so he brought a lot of knowledge to our team, on a lot of small details: how to operate and how to develop the car, and what actually is important.

The driver is one of the best sensors

“The driver is one of the best sensors,” he added. “We’ve got some very good tools and software, but the driver input is key. He’s very motivational, he’s a lovely human being. He pushes everyone in every area, and he’s helped us lift our game.”

McCullough said Aston Martin shouldered blame for not delivering a decent car for Vettel saying: “Unfortunately, we’ve not quite given him a car good enough for him to challenge further up the grid, but we’ve definitely learned a lot from him and improved. I think, hopefully, in the next few years, we’re going to see the results of that.”

Aston Martin had a horrible start to their 2022 campaign, but a major upgrade package to their AMR22 at the Spanish Grand Prix put them on a path of improvement, albeit a painfully slow one.

“We’ve made a lot of progress, but we started a bit too far back,” McCullough reflected. “I think we brought a lot of new people in and they are working well within the team, and we’re on a path, we’re all developing the same way.

“We know where the limitations are, we know what we’ve got to do. It’s just a matter of getting heads down and pulling the team together, as we grow, to try to continue to develop and produce a better car next year,” he concluded.

Aston Martin will have another driving force in 2023, in the form of Fernando Alonso, replacing Vettel at the team in 2023, the German’s final race in green being the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.