It’s not just in the Aston Martin race team where things are right now – now the British premium brand safety car is also under heavy criticism from drivers.
The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix tournament was held in Melbourne on Sunday.
After the race, several drivers complained about the Aston Martin safety car.
The green car is a thorn in the side of world champion Verstappen in particular.
Max Verstappen was confused after an Australian doctor. He could not finish the race due to an error, and he was also angry with the security vehicle. In the current season, the race is divided between two security vehicles. In the first two races it was the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, in Australia it was now the Aston Martin Vantage.
“Strange. The safety car was as slow as a tortoise!” Verstappen said after Sunday’s race. Back straight, they drove 140 miles[140 km]an hour, though there were no damaged vehicles on the road. “I do not understand why we are driving so slowly. We have to check that,” said the Dutchman. Our tires were as cold as stone, “Verstappen said. Scary how drivers have to drive in the back of a car for now.
Winner Leclerc: “Let’s take the Ferrari”
There is also support from Verstappen’s strongest competition. Mercedes driver George Russell said after his first platform: “Now seriously: AMG has five seconds faster than Aston Martin. That’s very important. We don’t have this problem with Mercedes.” Vehicle data also speaks clear language: while the Aston Martin Vantage has 535 hp and accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has 730 hp and accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h 3.2 seconds zero to 100.
Sunday’s winner, Ferrari senior airline Charles Leclerc, also talks about the “big problem”. It felt “very slow” in the back of the safety car. “I wanted to complain on the radio, but I saw a security vehicle slipping into a corner and I realized it couldn’t be faster,” Leclerc said. And he adds: “Let’s take the Ferrari, then we’ll have five seconds faster.”
Aston Martin will not accept such criticism with great joy. Because even for a British luxury car racing team, things are not going well at the moment. Despite many goals this season, the start was not quite good. In Australia, Aston drivers Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll crashed several times over the weekend.