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Sebastian Vettel

Szafnauer: Vettel is only getting stronger

Aston Martin team boss Otmar Szafnauer has praised Sebastian Vettel's integration into the team, believing the four time Champion is on an upward curve of momentum.

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Aston Martin's Otmar Szafnauer has said that new signing Sebastian Vettel is continuing to make progress with adjusting to his new machinery and team.

The four time World Champion joined the former Racing Point team at the end of 2020, coming off the back of a terrible season with Ferrari. After a slow start to life with the British team, Vettel has scored points in the past three races including a podium in Azerbaijan, and his team boss believes he can only get better from here.

"I think it was a progression for Seb. He was incrementally getting
better and feeling more comfortable with the car," Szafnauer explained to media, including RacingNews365 on Friday in Austria.

"He’s very experienced, so going into Monaco he knew exactly what had to be done there.

"Qualifying is a premium there as we all know so he focused on that early on and had a good qualifying session, good race and then from there on, with every race, he gets more comfortable in the car.

"He’s been comfortable with the team from the beginning and I think he’ll get stronger yet with time and races."

Vettel's form may yet turn out to cause a slight headache for the team, given that his teammate Lance Stroll is son of the team's owner Lawrence Stroll, if he eclipses the Canadian driver completely. However, Szafnauer doesn't believe that Stroll won't be able to rise to the occasion as he's finding new heights himself this season.

"Well, Lance is much more confident in himself," Szafnauer said.

"He’s driving really well, drives really well on a Sunday, a bit unlucky sometimes on Saturday, just like last weekend, but he’s done really well race-wise and again, good race craft. He’s fast, good race pace and I expect the two of them to regularly score points for us."

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