The 1st qualifying system for the British Grand Prix was overshadowed by continuous rain. Lucky time contributed significantly to Saturday’s downpour and rainfall, so Williams’ driver Nicholas Latifi, for example, was able to move on to Q3.
However, one team could not take advantage of the flexible terms in Silverstone’s qualification. We’re talking about Aston Martin. For all drivers of the British cultural brand, the session was already over after the first episode. Sebastian Vettel finished P18, Lance Stroll was 20th.
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Vettel and Stroll faced a similar situation in the last Grand Prix race in Canada, when Q1 also ended up in the rain. The man from Heppenheim was also confused on Saturday. “It’s painful, we had the same problem with Canada, so of course we’re disappointed,” he said.
Just like in Canada, Aston Martin also changed intermediate tires immediately in the UK during Q1. As a result, Vettel was only able to balance his first thigh coordinated over time. The former Ferrari driver did not want to use that as an excuse. “The time was right. We were very slow today,” he explained.
Understeer and no trap
In detail, the problem was that he could not move his car properly around the corner. “Along the thighs we had a little balance, it was very hard to get the car moving. But I don’t think that was a big problem. For some reason we couldn’t hold on.”
The approach taken by fellow player Stroll was slightly different from that of Vettel. The Canadian AMR22 was changed shortly before the end of the session, so that he could still make three rounds for the second set. However, it usually takes time for the tires to create enough heat under these conditions. However, within the last few seconds of the session, the rain began to fall again. Walking Results: P20.
According to Vettel, the early end is very painful because the improvement was tested this weekend. “We were hoping for this weekend in terms of a new place, but I still think we have made good progress.”
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. After the FP2 representative, Aston Martin can still hope to get a score. Positions 10 and 12 promised good prospects in the midfield. But from the end of the grid, hopes are low – despite the new parts.
Vettel complained: “Tomorrow will be difficult, we are not fast, even in the dry it was not like we flew, we will see if we can make a difference with the strategy, but it is difficult when you do. If that starts too far.” The goal of the Formula 1 team from Silverstone in the home race remains something that can be counted on. “It will be difficult to get points. Maybe there will be a safety car that will help us tomorrow,” says Vettel, who is celebrating his 35th birthday on Sunday.