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The new era has begun: according to details from F1-Insider.com, ex-Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel made his first official apperance with his new Aston Martin racing team. At the Silverstone factory on Tuesday, he was already on site. In the simulator, he spent his first working day, among other things.
Prior to that, he had a briefing, followed by a seat fit, with team leader Otmar Szafnauer and technical director Andy Green.
In the simulator, the German then got to know his potential Aston Martin F1 driver. There, at least in the virtual world, he is likely to have already developed an initial feeling for the car. Experts expect the former German champion to be better to handle the Aston Martin than his old Ferrari.
Sky expert Ralf Schumacher warns, however: "There are still some team deficits. You can't transform a cow into a tiger overnight. You have to tame the tiger first"
Meanwhile, Schumacher admits, "I'm glad he has a team that stands behind him again"
In an interview with Ex-Formula 1 driver, Hans-Joachim Stuck to F1-Insider.com, he says: "I think he will feel more comfortable at Aston Martin. He'll be courted more there and I'm sure he ' ll be bale to perform at his best there again "
Former DMSB president stresses: "Sebastian certaintly hasn't forgotten how to drive. I thought it was cool when he got Leclerc as his teammate, who ironed him out. I know the feeling, too, when a youngster shows you the ropes"
However, the crucial thing then is not to give up, he says. With his third-place finish in Turkey and overtaking Leclerc in the final chicane, Vettel proved he was able to fight. It's very powerful that Sebastian inspired himself to beat him again, too.
The atmosphere is, at least verbally, already set. Lawrence Stroll, Vettel's new team owner, has already showered the German with roses via the BBC: "Vettel is a four-time world Formula 1 champion. He certaintly hasn't forgotten how to drive a race car. His work ethic is exemplary, everyone in the paddock knows how hard he works ".
Szafnauer even sees Vettel as a major asset: "In Sebastian we have a prove four-time world champion who has experience in helping teams win races and fight for championships. He rbings a winning mentality and we will all undoubtedly learn a lot from him on this journey "