F1 managing director Ross Brawn has said Sebastian Vettel seems to have found a "second lease of life" after the driver came in second after a hectic finish to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Vettel managed his tyres to a tee and showed flashes of the class that made him a four-time world champion with overtakes on X and former teammate Charles Leclerc in Baku, another strong result on the back of his fifth place in Monaco last time out.
Brawn said that while Verstappen had similarly driven a solid race from the lead until a tyre blowout brought his day to an end, Vettel was the standout driver on the grid in Azerbaijan.
"Max did an imperious job, I can’t fault anything he did – and was ultimately unlucky. Sergio was sensational, too, and Seb is having a second lease of life. It’s a close call, but for me, my driver of the day was Seb," Brawn said in his column for F1.com.
"It is a real pleasure to see him get going again. Seb’s had a tough last couple of seasons. I was one of the people who was uncertain about the decision Aston made in signing him up, but it’s looking to be a great call because of the way he’s driving and the results he’s getting.
"He’s reborn again. He’s refreshed. There’s a different vibe about him. And it just shows how the whole psychological aspect can impact performance.
"Seb has found himself in a much more comfortable place, with the right sort of pressure and with engineers who he is learning to work with. He’s getting results and he deserves it. Bravo."