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Sebastian Vettel

Vettel: Not the week Aston Martin were hoping for

Sebastian Vettel has been trying to put a brave face on things after admitting that the pre-season test in Bahrain didn't go quite to plan for Aston Martin.

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Sebastian Vettel has admitted that his debut driving the Aston Martin car at 2021 pre-season testing didn't work out as well as they had hoped.

The German found himself out of the car earlier than planned due to a power unit problem as Day Three in Bahrain started to draw to a close. Whilst he tried to put a brave face on things, Vettel was honest about the fact that there is a steep learning curve ahead.

"Cars are still running, and we are not in the car," Vettel explained in a video on Aston Martin's Twitter page. "Obviously not exactly the week we were hoping for, that's the truth.

"We had aimed for more laps and more mileage, but it is what it is. Nevertheless, we still got a decent amount of track time, the guys have been pushing a lot so thanks to the mechanics in particular. They had a very busy couple of days.

"We still got good track data. For me it's very useful to just be in the car, so it will be a steep learning curve, also the first couple of races. But I'm looking forward to it, looking forward to getting back in the car.

"I had lots of fun when I was on track and there's more to come."

Vettel ended the final day of the pre-season test in Bahrain with 57 laps under his belt, whilst teammate Lance Stroll completed 80. Both drivers found themselves at the bottom of the timing sheet.

It wasn't the only difficult day Vettel faced during testing. The four-times world champion only put in 10 laps on Day Two due to issues with the gearbox.

And on Day One, Vettel ended up in 13th place on the timesheets, whilst Stroll finished the day in fourth position.

Watch Vettel talk about the test below:


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