Sebastian Vettel has in good spirits following his first official F1 session for Aston Martin, where he covered nearly 300 kilometres.
Meanwhile, Lance Stroll recorded the fourth-best time of the day and offered his thoughts on driving in the sandstorm that engulfed the Sakhir circuit during the afternoon session.
Vettel ended up thirteenth on the timesheets with his running in the morning session and more than three seconds off leader Max Verstappen, but for pre-season testing there’s only so much useful information we can draw from those times.
Vettel said: “As I expected, there are a lot of new things to learn. I’m working with a different power unit compared to the past, which means there are lots of new procedures involved.
“Then there’s a new steering wheel with all its buttons, and different braking too – so I’m very aware that there is a lot to learn.”
You've seen the #AMR21 out on track. Now it's time to climb aboard. 🤩
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Vettel added: “It was a very productive morning and really the first opportunity we’ve had to truly put the AMR21 through its paces.
“I know where we can improve, Today was about finding a good balance in the car and getting a true read on it while collecting lots of important data, which we managed by running 51 laps in the morning session.”
The four-time World Champion joined the Silverstone outfit in the off-season after six seasons with Ferrari, where became a fan favourite but missed out on his ultimate goal of another championship title.
He seems to be enjoying the less pressurised atmosphere of Aston Martin, alongside Lance Stroll who’s been at the team since 2019.
Stroll may be feeling under a little more pressure after his father Lawrence bought the team for him to drive in, and then bought the prestigious British car manufacture to bring the Aston Martin name back into F1 for this year.
Lance seemed happy with the day though, with his top-five time to go alongside nearly 50 laps of the Sakhir circuit.
Stroll said: “Conditions were really tricky out there and you could feel the effect of the wind on the run down to Turn One, and you could feel the tailwind in certain corners too. I don’t think anybody found it easy out there.
“The important thing is that we made an encouraging start and it felt good to drive the AMR21. It is a new beginning as Aston Martin and I am enjoying working with Sebastian and getting to know how he operates.”
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 12, 2021