Compared to the palmares it can boast, the last two seasons of Sebastian Vettel in terms of results they are decidedly subdued compared to the previous ones. The sixth championship with Ferrari and the first with Aston Martin saw the four-time world champion move away from the top positions, so much so that he was able to take only two podiums – Istanbul 2020 and Baku 2021 – and score a long negative streak of well seven races outside the points. The move to Aston Martin signed last season, after leaving Ferrari, seemed like a step backwards for Vettel, who had no great alternative, other than to hang up his helmet: “Had I had the opportunity to choose, I would still be ahead of battling with the leaders“, The expert pilot honestly admitted, adding: “But now I’m here. Last year the team had a great season, this year less, we are here and we move forward “.
Like all the teams – with the exception of Red Bull and Mercedes – Aston Martin also looks to next season as the possible year of the turning point, even if Vettel does not intend to create too many expectations: “I don’t know when the results will come. 2022, with the change of regulation, will be a great opportunity for us. However I expect the great teams will continue to play an important role“. Returning to the current season, the goal is to reach fifth position among the constructors, mocking the Alpha Tauri: “We had a difficult start, then things went a bit more in the right direction, maybe we should have achieved some better results, but I think the regulation changes have affected us more than other teams.“, Concluded the German in the interview granted to The Gazzetta dello Sport.