Formula 1: Vettel before Leclerc A good day for Vettel

A good day for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel beat his team-mate in qualifying for the first time since the Hungarian GP in the summer. The pole car is also encouraging

E.r only twelfth place in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix. Again no great achievement. Again, no Ferrari cheers. And yet it was a good day for Sebastian Vettel (33). For the first time since the Hungarian Grand Prix, the third race in the Formula 1 Corona calendar, the German has beaten his teammate Charles Leclerc (14th place). Vettel “shortened” the team duel to 3:11. The gap in the long-distance duel for the better starting position remains large. And yet Vettel set an example in Istanbul.
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Because in all three qualifying sections he was faster than Monegasse, which is already considered a superstar and new high-flyer in the scene. Also means: When the conditions get difficult, the lightning-fast search for the right line and the better bottom meter are required, Vettel can still convince. This is also a hint that the Heppenheimer has not forgotten how to drive, as his series of defeats against Leclerc since Hungary suggested.

Vettel has beaten his team-mate in qualifying for the first time since the Hungarian GP in the summer

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But, typically Vettel, he doesn’t want to read too much into his 1.5 second lead over his teammate. “We just didn’t get any temperature in the tires. I thought we’d make it to Q3 today. Three, four, five degrees make a big difference and it seems that we couldn’t generate enough tire temperature to find the grip. ”When asked specifically about Leclerc, Vettel emphasizes:“ The more important thing was that neither of us could progress. We have a hard time in the rain, even in Austria. Since then we’ve had a few updates to make the rims and then the tires warmer, but it seems we still have some catching up to do. “

Which brings us to the second reason why it was a good day for Vettel: His car for next year will start in the Turkish GP from pole position. Lance Stroll set the fastest time at Racing Point, while his team-mate Sergio Perez finished third. An indication that the pink racer is not a bad design. On the contrary: the future Aston Martin – piloted by Vettel instead of Perez in 2021 – apparently generates enough grip to drive on hot feet even in the rain.
A finding that should please the Heppenheimer. Because he loves grip like no other pilot in the field. The more adhesion a car builds up, especially in the rear, the faster Vettel is compared to other pilots. Because then he can play with the car, as he calls it. The new rear axle, which the Aston Martin will get in 2021 from the 2020 world champion Mercedes, shouldn’t hurt. Even if Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas only made it into sixth and ninth place today.

Perhaps Vettel also inspired memories of his first world title in Turkey on Saturday. Exactly ten years ago today (November 14th) the German lifted his first World Cup trophy.

Vettel remembers at ABMS: “My big goal was always to drive for the world championship once and then to win it. When that happened, everything was difficult to understand at first. The title still means a lot to me. It was proof to myself that I was good enough to do this. When I crossed the finish line, I knew I had won the race. And I also had no problem accepting that I could have lost the World Cup. So I waited for my engineer to give me the result. He then said: Okay, we have to wait for the other cars now. And suddenly he shouted: World Champion! That’s when the world stopped turning for me. I still had to bring the car back to the Parc Fermée. I don’t know how I did it. “

Just a good day for Sebastian Vettel.


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