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Vettel sets Canadian GP target for improving Aston Martin

Aston Martin impressed during Friday practice at the Canadian Grand Prix, with Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel both inside the top 10 during Free Practice 1.

Sebastian Vettel is hopeful that Aston Martin can score points again, after a promising start to the weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix. Vettel and teammate Lance Stroll were both inside the top eight during Free Practice 1 in Montreal, with the new-look AMR22 looking strong once again. The team have made big steps since the start of the season, and have closed the gap between themselves and the pace-setters by over 0.7 seconds. "It's getting a bit better," Vettel told media, including RacingNews365.com , before FP1. "I think we still have some ideas for this weekend. Hopefully, they help us to be competitive again and in fighting that midfield. It's very close."

Aston Martin making clear progress with new car concept

Aston Martin's decision to dramatically change their car concept appeared a gamble at first but now the team appear to be showing solid progress. It comes with Vettel having recently admitted that he is yet to make a decision on his future as he waits to see how the outfit's prospects develop between now and the end of the season. The four-time World Champion is hopeful that the team can continue to unlock the potential of the AMR22. "We didn't have any new parts in the last couple of races, but I think we've been able to experiment a little bit more with set-up and tuning it a little bit more and understanding more where the car wants to be, because you have to bear in mind that," Vettel explained. "In Barcelona, it was a basically brand new car and we had no experience with that car yet. "And if we managed to find a little bit extra then immediately it starts to start to pay off a little better. So let's see, I like the track and hopefully, we have a nice weekend."

Vettel sets "realistic" goal

In terms of what Aston Martin can achieve in Montreal, Vettel would like to see another points result. "I think we need to be realistic," he continued. "Finishing in the points for us is a major success. Obviously, we had two positions that we've benefitted in Baku because of the Ferraris not finishing. "But yeah, I think if we can get in that range, if we can qualify around P10 and then race there as well then I think that's good for us."

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