Sebastian Vettel was very disappointed with his failure in the Australian Grand Prix. The Formula 1 weekend at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne was not favorable to the German, as the four-time F1 world champion dropped out every day with technical problems.
For Vettel it was his first race weekend in the AMR22 since his Covid-19 infection after the Bahrain pre-season test.
Sebastian Vettel: “My lack of racing experience with this car didn’t help today. I pushed a little too hard and lost the car on the curbs in turn four and couldn’t avoid the impact, which is very frustrating. Every lap in race conditions counts as this was my first time racing this car so it’s a shame I didn’t finish the race. We know the car is a challenge, but we keep looking for solutions to add more performance. Things didn’t go as planned this week, but it’s time to move on and I’m confident we can come back stronger at Imola.”
Lance Stroll: “We didn’t really have the pace for the points today, although we were able to defend a top 10 position a while late. I think we had the right idea with our strategy by running on the hard tire for most of the race, but we’ll look at the data and see what else we can learn. The five second penalty was frustrating, although it didn’t change our final race position. I caught Valtteri [Bottas] after the Virtual Safety Car and cleared up a place so it was frustrating to get a penalty for weaving. I also want to thank the team again: everyone has done a great job getting the cars repaired this weekend. We will keep our heads up and dig deep to try and get more out of the car in the coming races.”
Mike Krack – Team Principal: “We had a frustrating end to a weekend to forget. Sebastian had an accident exiting turn four and was taken to the medical center as a precaution, but I’m happy to say he’s okay. Our strategy team reacted smartly to the Safety Car on the fourth lap caused by [Carlos] Sainz’s shunt on the third lap, with Lance entering the pits twice in quick succession. He had started on the Hard, which we expected to be a better race tire than the Medium, so we gave him just one lap on the Medium before putting him back into the pits to put him back on the Hard. At one point we hoped that strategy would take him to a points finish, but in the end it didn’t quite work out. From here we head home to Silverstone where we will work hard to prepare for Imola where we want and expect a better race than we have had here. Nevertheless, I am delighted that the famously passionate Melbourne fans have had a Grand Prix to enjoy at Albert Park for the first time in three years.