Aston Martin fans have high hopes for the four-time champion’s comeback at the Australian GP. It’s quite possible that Vettel can get more out of the green racer than teammate Lance Stroll or “fireman” Nico Hülkenberg.
The problem: Returning to a lame Aston Martin also carries the risk that the Heppenheimer will finally lose interest in Formula 1 when driving behind.
That in turn had an impact on team spirit and motivation, believes Kolles, who was team manager at Spyker, Force India and Caterham, among others. “I don’t want to call it ‘deteating,’ but basically it was,” he explains. “Of course the engineers want to develop things themselves. The atmosphere in the team is really bad when you take parts from somewhere else. Because then you know that the owner doesn’t trust you.”
Regarding Vettel’s future, on Sunday evening he put forward what he says himself is a “daring thesis”: “I don’t think he wants to drive at all. He just doesn’t want to do that to himself. … I’m sure he’s thinking a lot about whether he’s still going to do it.”
Vettel himself taught the Munich man better with his racing comebach. The opinion of Sky expert Ralf Schumacher shows that Kolles does not only paint black. The former Formula 1 driver also fears that the current situation could make Vettel’s decision to end his career easier.