Aston Martin had a very difficult weekend at Monza as both cars failed to finish the race. The team was well off the pace and arguably had the slowest car in race trim seven days ago.
Such was their lack of performance, they retired Lance Stroll’s car to save engine mileage after Verstappen lapped him.
It was also a disappointing end to Sebastian Vettel’s final F1 race in Europe before he retires at the end of the season as a battery problem forced him out early on.
Talking to MotorLAT and other selected media outlets after the race, Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack says the team is not treating it is a farewell tour.
“We are not really on a farewell tour,” he stated. “We are not thinking ‘this is the last Monza, this is the last one in Europe, this is the last time I do this or this’.
“We will for sure have a farewell in Abu Dhabi. But until then, it’s not really in our minds that we go now around the world and it’s always the last [time with Seb].”
Barring some unforeseen circumstances, Vettel is extremely unlikely to score a podium in his final season.
While Krack said “us the least” in regards to seeing the 35-year-old finish his career with an uncompetitive car, the Luxembourg native is hopeful that the team has some tracks to come where they can fight for points.
“I think we have a couple of races to come where our car will be more competitive.
“You have seen in Zandvoort the potential to go into Q3 was there. Sebastian obviously had an issue in turn 13 that prevented him to move forward. At this point he was on the same lap time as Lance. We had the potential.
“I think this is encouraging for the races to come. I think Singapore was a track where he always performed very well, so we have high hopes we achieve something good with him from now until the end.”
Speaking after the race at Monza, Sebastian Vettel admitted he could take no positives from Aston’s performance at Monza.
“Not from this weekend, no," he said. “Atmosphere-wise it was great, but performance-wise, no.
“It is what it is. Obviously not the sort of performance we would have liked this year in general, but this track was an outlier.
“We were very slow in general and seemed the slowest overall, so it was quite tough.”
One positive for the four-time World Champion was the atmosphere at Monza during his final event on European soil.
“The fans were great, so it was nice. I take that. But the rest I am happy to leave here.
“Coming into the track and so on was definitely nice, but obviously the driving wasn’t the highlight this weekend.”