Sebastian Vettel’s problems in Australia, according to Mike Krack, are more down to problems with the Aston Martin car than the German driver’s ability.
After a rollercoaster week of incidents and crashes, Aston Martin’s new squad head, Mike Krack, has cleared Sebastian Vettel of underperformance in Australia.
Vettel’s comeback to F1 was firstly hampered by an engine issue on Friday, which forced him to lose most of the first practise sessions after positive test for COVID-19.
Following that, Vettel crashed the car in FP3, with the team rebuilding it just in time to get him out for a solitary lap in Q1 – a lap that wasn’t strong enough to advance to Q2.
Vettel started the race in 17th place and made an early mistake when he skidded off the circuit and into the gravel, before falling out on Lap 25 of 58 when he lost power of the AMR22 as he exited Turn 4 on the kerbs.
Vettel had to visit the Medical Centre after the accident for precautionary examinations.
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“I think we really take something away from it,” Krack told media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked whether Vettel’s return had been beneficial for himself or the team in general.
“Fortunately, I’m happy that Seb is fine after all these incidents, but I think, if someone like him, a four-time World Champion, has the issues that he was having this weekend – this is not down to not driving, because he has driven the car.
“We need to really look at what the car is providing him, what feedback he gets from the car. Him being off so much as he has been this weekend is not normal.”
Krack went on to say that he had complete faith in Vettel and promised that Aston Martin would figure out a way to provide him with advanced devices to perform with.
“I do not think that this is related to having two missed races,” Krack commented.
“I mean, he has been a multiple winner in Melbourne. He knows where he is here, he has had some tests with the car.
“I think it [would] be really easy to say he was not there for two weekends. [With] a driver of that class, we really need to check what tools we are giving him.”
Why are Aston Martin struggling?
Aston Martin seems to be the only team that has yet to score points after three races in 2022.
It’s been a catastrophic beginning to F1’s new era for the team, indicating a further descent from a team capable of podiums and even victories as Racing Point in 2020.
The biggest difficulty with the AMR22, according to Krack, is its aerodynamics.
“In Formula 1, if you’re not performing, it’s normally quite easy to identify the reasons why teams are performing and others are not, aligning with aerodynamics and car weight at the moment,” he said.
“While we’ve made progress on the weight side, we have struggled on aerodynamics.
“This is something we need to really focus on. I don’t want to go into the complete detail, but the reasons for the performance are normally in that area, and for us, it’s the same – everything becomes much more difficult.
“The better aero you have, the easier everything gets. The drivers are happy, the results are a bit better, so everything gets easier. And, if not, you put everything in doubt.”
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