Aston Martin proved to be a very competitive car here in Qatar. The newly born team made it to finish in the points’ zone with both car and it survived to the tyre failures many other faced. The points are precious especially for the Constructors’ Championship, but Sebastian Vettel does not consider this result as fully satisfying.
"The start of the race proved very costly – he said when reviewing his race - We were basically at the back of the train after the first corner.”
Looking at the positive sides, the German has been able to bring a considerable comeback, as he started from the 17th position end ended up in the top ten. He told how he was “squeezed” in Turn One so he had to wait for the right moment to attack and he did not conquered as much as both him and Aston Martin could have.
“We made a reasonable recovery from P17, but we lost the potential to score more points than we did. On the approach to Turn One, there were lots of cars around me and I was squeezed. I tried to go around the outside but the track was dirtier than I expected and I slid wide.”
He feels a bittersweet sensation, if from one side he can drive in a competitive car and take important points, from the other he did not take all the points he felt he could have.
“It is frustrating because the car was quick, especially when we were in clean air, and that helped me recover to P10. So, after lap one, it was a strong race, a good recovery, but it hurts when you are on the back foot straight away. It is great to see both cars in the points today so there are many positives to take away from the weekend."