In the sprint race for the Emilia Romagna GP in Imola, however, the time had come. The Aston Martin star was handed down from ninth place on the grid to 13th – and snuffed out by Mick Schumacher, among others.
That’s what Schumacher thinks, too, who ends up two places behind teammate Kevin Magnussen in tenth place: “Sebastian pulled out a trick or two and was initially able to keep me behind him. But I learned a lot again.”
The next step for Mick Schumacher on the way to the first World Championship point in Formula 1, the next disappointment for Vettel.
Nevertheless, his team boss Mike Krack wants to keep the Heppenheimer beyond 2022. “If you have a driver like Sebastian Vettel and if you can give him a car that motivates him, then you would be stupid if you didn’t try to keep him,” says the Luxembourger.
It remains questionable whether this is already the case in Imola. Vettel’s teammate Lance Stroll finished 18th.