Sebastian Vettel has expressed doubts about the ability of his Aston Martin F1 team and Fernando Alonso to fulfill their ambitions of challenging for the mid-term championships.
Vettel, who is retiring from F1 at the end of the season, will be replaced at the Silverstone team by his former rival. The Spaniard will have to deal with a very average base that will be difficult to correct.
« People are in place, the new factory is under construction, so everything is falling into place – but it will take time, » explains Vettel.
« There was a huge chance with the rule changes this year, but we fell into the same trap as many others. »
« Some teams may have had a bit of luck designing a car around a ride height that would work. »
« Now we have this regulation until 2026, so the teams that got off to a good start will have a leg up on the teams that got off to a bad start. »
« And the budget cap means you can’t just throw money and resources at the problem to catch up. »
Vettel admits that weighed in on his decision.
« The two years were difficult because the car was not as competitive as we hoped. This year we wanted to make a significant improvement over last year. We failed. We are currently where we are. we finished last year. »
« I’m not pointing the finger at anyone tonight and saying we did a bad job. I’m just being realistic. We had high hopes, but we didn’t deliver. »
Fernando Alonso will therefore have a great task ahead of him. Any advice to give him?
« Fernando doesn’t need advice. I’m not sure he takes advice, but he doesn’t need it anyway. He’s been there so long and he’s seen so much – he’ll manage good but it won’t be easy. »