(Motorsport-Total.com) – After a poor start to the new Formula 1 season, the Aston Martin team managed to break free in qualifying at Imola. While Sebastian Vettel was even able to keep his AMR22 in ninth place, his teammate Lance Stroll also showed his ability, as he only ended up in fifteenth place due to the red flag.
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In the rain at Imola, Sebastian Vettel’s clock ticked – with P9 he brought a smile to the face of his Aston Martin team.
“As you can imagine, this result is a morale boost after the first three races of the season,” said Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack ahead of Saturday’s race. “I saw smiling faces for the first time yesterday.”
At the same time he remains realistic as the team was able to benefit especially from the difficult playing conditions on Saturday: “We enjoyed yesterday but today is a different day. The problems will not end overnight.”
What? would there be more?
That’s why Krack also doubts that Sebastian Vettel can defend his place in the sprint race: “I don’t think that our car at the moment is where we should be in terms of performance. We will still try to convince the people around us and behind us it makes life difficult for us.”
Aston Martin executive director Tom McCullough was also relieved by the qualifying result: “It was a matter of getting the cars safe enough to run the laps. And both drivers did that.”
According to McCullough, despite qualifying well, there could be more: “Condition [mit der roten Flagge in Q2] it didn’t play into our hands, but it was fine for everyone. In Q2, Seb couldn’t run a clean lap. So there was definitely more potential in the car, which is disappointing.”
“On the other hand, it’s good to be frustrated when you have one car in Q3 and they both made it through Q1.” So far, Aston Martin’s best qualifying result this season has been a fifteenth place finish from Lance Stroll in Saudi Arabia. In wet conditions, however, the AMR22 appears to be more competitive, according to McCullough.