F1 news: Sebastian Vettel already having Aston Martin impact as Lewis Hamilton warned

Sebastian Vettel sits in Aston Martin Formula One car

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Sebastian Vettel is gearing up for his first season at Aston Martin, after leaving Ferrari at the end of the 2020 season. Vettel will partner Canadian driver Lance Stroll and team boss Otmar Szafnauer has been impressed with the impact the four-time world champion has already had.

Speaking to Auto, Motor und Sport, Szafnauer said: “Sebastian had only been with us a few days. And already in this short time he has given us this useful feedback.

“He hasn’t even driven our car yet. We can still learn so much from him and thereby improve.

“First and foremost, he can bring in the experience and working methods of his world championship days.

“He has already instructed our race engineers which data he needs to help us with the vehicle setup.

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“He’s already helped us to improve the ergonomics in the cockpit. For example, where the switches belong and how they should be used to make the car easier to operate.

“He’s already driven in the simulator and compared it to others he knows. What’s good about ours? Where do we need to improve? We can work with that.

“Lance, who has far less experience than Sebastian in Formula 1, can also benefit from him. Just the other way around.

“Lance is a very talented and fast racing driver. Together they can bring our team to a higher level.”

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Speaking to Sky Sports earlier this month, Szafnauer said Vettel was “really, really hungry” and wanted to be “competitive” again.

He said: “The way I look at it is at 33 years old you don’t forget how to drive a Formula 1 racing car fast.

“He definitely hasn’t forgotten how to do that, and the work ethic is still there. He’s really, really hungry to perform.

“We’ve started working with him this year already and you can see it. He asked all the right questions and a lot of them. He’s really hungry for knowledge.

“An engineer described Sebastian to me as [like] having a performance engineer behind the wheel.

“He wants to know as much, if not more, than the performance engineer you have working on the car, whose job it is to understand every little aspect of car performance.

“Seb wants to know that much – plus more. That’s a good trait to have, he has that, he carried that with him to our team.

“We see it and he is really, really hungry, as he said, to have fun again in Formula 1. But fun to him means being competitive.”

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