“Always built mediocre cars”: Former F1 driver lays into Aston Martin in defence of Vettel’s poor form

Former F1 driver Marc Surer has ripped into Aston Martin for Sebastian Vettel’s poor form, saying that they have always built mediocre cars.

Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin career hasn’t panned out the way he would have thought. His car isn’t a competitive one, and he has faced many problems in it. Subsequently, he is yet to score a single point for Aston so far.

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Sebastian Vettel (pictured) hasn’t had the best start to life at Aston Martin. Source: theguardian.com

Surer backed the former world champion, stating that the problems lie only at Aston Martin. The Racing Point had components from the Mercedes last year. But this year, the aerodynamic regulations have left Vettel and teammate Lance Stroll at a disadvantage. The latter has also been the only one out of the pair to register some points, and Vettel will be eager to do the same.

“Vettel did everything right. The problem is the history of the team. They have always built mediocre cars. Suddenly last year they had a decent car because it was a 100% copy of Mercedes,” he said.

“While it can still be seen that the car has the same philosophy as Mercedes, they have clearly made it worse. Vettel probably thought it would take off easily because Mercedes was involved too, somehow.”

New dawn for Vettel?

Vettel left Ferrari at the end of last season, after a difficult year. He took up a new challenge at Aston Martin, but so far, it hasn’t been good. He now sits 16th in the championship, and will be hoping to end his run of bad luck at Monaco.

Scoring his first points of the season this weekend would be huge for him, and would also help Aston Martin out.

As such, Vettel will be looking forward to Monaco. He knows a thing or two about winning at the place, having won the namesake Grand Prix earlier. It is his chance for redemption, and a chance to show everyone he’s still got it, no matter the colours he dons.

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