Aston Martin had another difficult week at the Spanish Grand Prix as they finished outside the points yet again. Lance Stroll managed to come in at 11th while his teammate Sebastian Vettel came 13th.
Vettel feels that things would have been a lot better if they had got their in-race strategy right.
Initially, Vettel was driving inside of the top-10 and was expected to hold his place. Unfortunately for him, the Aston Martin think-tank asked him to come to the pits a tad bit too early a new set of tyres.
This left him with a lot of tyre wear by the end of the race and he was not able to fight for points.
“I was running out of tyre life at the end, even though we went for the two-stop strategy. I made quite an early second stop and came out behind Kimi [Räikkönen], which I think hurt my tyres quite a lot,” Vettel said after the Grand Prix event.
“That is what made it difficult to fight for points. With hindsight, it is always easy to say what you would do differently, but it was difficult to fight the cars around me in the closing laps when they had a tyre advantage.”
The German had his car upgraded this weekend after his teammate, Lance Stroll had them in Portimao. This boosted his performance in the AMR21.
Even though Vettel was disappointed with the situation, the team did what it had to do.
There are still 19 races left in this record-breaking 23-race calendar this season. Things can take a turn around any moment and Vettel is hopeful.
“But we will keep working hard and we know there is a long season still ahead of us. The new parts we had here helped, and we need to keep taking steps forward each weekend.”
We hope that Vettel sees better results two weeks from now on the streets of Monaco.
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