Time in the simulator can be an all-important aspect of an F1 driver's preparation for a race, and now Sebastian Vettel will be able to do this from home after being given a unique simulator created by Aston Martin. With this equipment usually located at a team's factory, it may be difficult in some instances for drivers to fit in the time to put in simulation laps, particularly given the travel and time constraints involved in the sport. This was the case for Vettel ahead of last year's inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with the German unable to complete any simulator time before the event. Aston Martin and Vettel decided to work on building a simulator during the 2021 season, and now the finished result has been delivered to his home.
How Aston Martin went about building a simulator for Vettel
The special simulator contains physical parts from the AMR21, Vettel's car from the 2021 campaign. This includes his race seat, as well as the headrest and seatbelts. It also comes with three screens, as a two-screen version apparently proved limiting. The whole design offers Vettel a realistic view from behind the wheel. Discussions and research into the project began nearly a year ago, and the construction process started in July. As soon as September, the simulator was ready to be set up in Vettel's home. Having this machinery allows the four-time World Champion to plan his own simulator sessions ahead of each Grand Prix, something that Aston Martin believe shows Vettel's "commitment to extracting every bit of performance he can".