The weekend of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix definitely did not smile atAston Martin, protagonist of a race with a disappointing result. While Sebastian Vettel nearly entered the points, qualifying 11th, worse went to his teammate Lance Stroll, forced to withdraw following the damage suffered after a contact with Yuki Tsunoda at the S of Senna. To this, the rumors about a possible farewell of the team principal were added Otmar Szafnauer, whose future could be directed towards the Alpine.
A bitter weekend for the British team at Interlagos, with Vettel himself describing his performance at the end of the race. The four-time world champion, despite having managed to make a small comeback, did not realize the goal of entering the top 10: “I thought we would have a good opportunity to score points – He admitted – but the Virtual Safety Car didn’t help us and it cost me a position on Ocon. Without this, it would have been a different race. However, we did what we could with everything we had by opting for a two-stop strategy. In the last laps we approached Lando Norris and we were close to the punt areai – he concluded – but it was not enough “.
Everything to forget, however, for Lance Stroll. The Canadian, who started from 13th position immediately behind his teammate, had to surrender on lap 47 after trying to continue the race following a contact with Yuki Tsunoda. The Japanese’s AlphaTauri, in fact, attempted to overtake the number 18, but collided with the Aston Martin and lost the front wing. But while the Japanese continued his run regularly after the pit stop, Stroll suffered a gradual loss of power, having to retire: “After recovering some ground yesterday – commented – we could have taken a good chance to score points. After a good start, Tsunoda made contact with me at the first corner. He was on the soft, while I was on the medium, so at that stage he was faster. I think that his move was desperate and he was too optimistic. That contact damaged my car and several pieces broke from there. This means that the pace has gotten worse and we were just sliding backwards. It is disappointing to withdraw – he added – but this weekend made me even more determined to do well in Qatar next weekend.
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