Sebastian Vettel's season is trending in the right direction after a poor start, and former F1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen believes we haven't seen the last of the German on the podium this season.
After failing to score points at the first four races of the season, Vettel has answered back with strong showings in Monaco and Azerbaijan. The German finished fifth in the former race and followed that up with a second place result in the latter, and Hakkinen thinks that the boost in confidence could help the Aston Martin driver secure similar results the rest of the season.
"It was really fantastic to see him on the podium and smiling again," Hakkinen wrote in his column for Unibet. "Sebastian had a very tough final season at Ferrari in 2020, and a lot of people wondered if he could rediscover his form at Aston.
"As a four times World Champion he knows how to get the most from a car, and also from a race like the one on Sunday. He ran a long first stint, giving him fresh tyres and the grip he needed to attack the cars in front. He raced very strongly, put together some great moves, and gave himself and the team a really important boost.
"Aston Martin have had a difficult start to the season, but Sebastian is now a lot happier with the car and if he can continue to build confidence in its performance I am sure this will not be the last time we see him on the podium this year."
Vettel currently sits ninth in the Drivers' Championship with 28 points, three back of AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly, who finished third in Azerbaijan.