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Formula 1: Vettel scores first points of the season

For the race Sunday in Imola, Sebastian Vettel had wished for real Fritz Walter weather before the start in an interview with F1-Insider.com. The reason: In the rainy qualifying on Friday, the man from Heppenheim got along well, made it into Q3 and the top 10. On a dry track, however, it was mercilessly passed backwards in the sprint on Saturday; the Aston-Martin was too weak under normal conditions.

For the Emilia-Romagna GP on Sunday, however, the weather gods showed mercy again and opened the floodgates for Vettel: From 13th on the grid, the four-time world champion raced forward to eighth place on a wet track at the beginning and thus scored four World Championship points, the first for the Heppenheimer and his team this year.

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“The weekend helped us with the conditions, but we also got the maximum out of it,” Vettel said happily. “We did a very good job with the switch to dry tires and pretty much the rest of the field copied us after that.” On lap 18, Vettel switches from intermediates to slicks, only McLaren star Daniel Ricciardo is one lap earlier.
In the end, this courage is rewarded in Vettel’s case – even if he has to admit defeat to Ferrari star Charles Leclerc in the final laps, who rolls up the field from behind after his slip. “I couldn’t stop Charles, he was three to four seconds faster per lap,” explains Vettel, but adds: “If I had been told before the race that I was fighting with Ferrari in the last laps, I would have taken it. ”

Sebastian Vettel finished eighth in Imola and thus secured the first points for the battered Aston Martin team.


After the Hessian missed the first two races of the season due to Corona and spent more time off the track than on the track in Australia, his conclusion at the first European race was finally positive again: “It was fun. Of course it’s only eighth place. But I’ve also driven races where I ended up on the podium and had a worse race than here, so I’m very happy.”

Especially for his battered team: “It’s tough. You really work your ass off. I didn’t appreciate the fact that just as much work was put into it at the end of the field for many years because I wasn’t there. But it was It’s the same work as before and even harder because you don’t get a biscuit as a reward after the race,” says Vettel and grins: “Get your dog to jump higher if you don’t have any biscuits…”

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