McLaren's German team principal Andreas Seidl has come out in defense of his compatriot Sebastian Vettel, saying one bad race won't determine the four-time champion's future success at Aston Martin.
Vettel has so far had to endure a very difficult start to his life at the Silverstone-based team. After missing a bulk of pre-season testing, the former Ferrari driver's woes were compounded during the first race of the season where he finished 15th, and accumulated five penalty points on his super license over the course of the Bahrain Grand Prix, a poor return by anyone's standards. McLaren's Siedl however beleives this was merelty a blip.
"Sebastian has never forgotten how to drive," Siedl told Sport 1.
"There is a reason that he is a four-time world champion. He also had really strong races at Ferrari and he will have them with Aston Martin too. I think we will see great results from Sebastian this year.
"You have to leave the church in the village. It was a race weekend now, which didn't go so well for the team too. As a four-time world champion, I expect him to strike back."
Vettel will need to find some resemblance of form at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix scheduled for April 18 2021. The German had one of his worst years in Formula 1 last year and if results don't pick up this season one does wonder if he will leave the sport for good come the end of the season.