The Aston Martin F1 team is preparing for the Australian Grand Prix in which Sebastian Vettel will make his appearance after his Covid-19 infection. The four-time F1 world champion had to miss the first two races of the Formula 1 season 2022 and was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg.
Now the German is back and eager to get started in the AMR22. The first training sessions will be very important for Vettel as he missed a lot of track time due to his absence.
F1 2022 Aston Martin Grand Prix Australia
In addition to major layout changes, including the widening of five corners and a new flat section in place of the former turns nine and 10 chicane, drivers and teams must master a new Albert Park. Finding the limit and evaluating car and strategy implications during training will be a crucial task.
The 2019 Australian Grand Prix edition already showed that overtaking is traditionally a challenge in Albert Park. With four DRS zones – more than any other circuit in 2022 – and seemingly closer races due to Formula 1’s new regulations, passing is expected to improve.
Low tire degradation has made the Australian Grand Prix traditionally a one-stop race, but predicted higher speeds, improved overtaking, potentially increased tire wear and reduced pit-lane time lost due to higher speed limits, a two-stop strategy should be more viable . As a result, the Melbourne Grand Prix in 2022 appears to be unpredictable in terms of the final result.
Sebastian Vettell: “After a positive test and missing the first two races, it feels a bit like I’m going to be late for school, so I’m really excited to get back to work! Starting my season in Australia is of course something I’ve done before, and it’s also great that Formula 1 is coming back after a few difficult years. For me, after being out of the car for almost a month, it will be important to learn during the practice sessions, and I hope we can take some steps forward in what is usually an exciting and unpredictable race. †
Lance Stroll: “It’s fantastic to be able to return to Australia. Melbourne is such a great sports city and the Albert Park circuit is always fun to drive. I’m looking forward to getting a taste of the revised layout and resurfacing track, which will hopefully improve overtaking, especially in Turn 13, which has been tightened up. In fact, it will be very interesting to see how these new ground effect cars perform here, as hopefully they should also make racing closer and more exciting.”