The German is disappointed after the early exit. “Today, of course, it stinks because I thought we could get at least eleven, twelve or thirteen, maybe even in the top 10 if things go very well,” said Vettel: “But we were far away from that.”
The reason: “Everyone else made a clear step ahead today, we stopped or even took a step back because the balance wasn’t so good. We had a hard time there, I had a lot of oversteer and couldn’t drive the car that well let it fly as I wanted. I don’t know why we made such a mistake, we have to look at it,” says Vettel.
According to Vettel, the major conversion of his company car is still the right way. “We knew that it’s obviously a big step. It’s practically a new car, so of course there’s a lot to learn,” reveals the four-time world champion.
Vettel only has words of praise for his engineers and the effort put into it: “The team has done incredibly well in the last three months. In principle, we brought two new cars within just a few weeks,” explains the Heppenheimer and emphasizes: “The concept Of course we had that in the pipeline for a long time.”
Aston Martin technical director Andrew Green also asserts: “We started with this concept in mid-2021.” The Briton even turns the cause from Aston Martin’s point of view: “It was a shock and a surprise for us when Red Bull (during the test drives before the start of the season; ed.) came up with a similar concept.”
So who really came first? With regard to the FIA investigation, Red Bull said: “For us, the main thing was to ensure that everything was done within the rules,” said chief engineer Pierre Wache.
Despite the FIA decision, the matter is not quite over yet, because the cops want to continue digging, but first in their own ranks: “We have to clarify whether we have a leak somewhere in our intellectual property. That is our top priority and We’re investigating that at the moment.” Because according to Red Bull, data has definitely been downloaded, but it is unclear what happened to it.
At Aston Martin, however, there is a shake of the head about the approach of the competitor. “I am disappointed by the allegations as the FIA have issued a statement saying it was independent work,” said Green. The timing also speaks clearly against a copying process. “The majority of the parts were commissioned long before anyone from Red Bull started here. At no time have we received any data from anyone. The allegations are completely unfounded.”