Sebastian Vettel was struck by two yellow flag interventions during his last round in Q1.© UKTN
Sebastian Vettel said he felt “upset and angry” after qualifying a modest 18th in his debut on Aston Martin ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. The four-time world champion, who joined the former Racing Point team this year after leaving Ferrari, failed to make the Q1 cup and struggled to make an impression. “It is what it is,” he said. “We’ll have to see what we can do tomorrow, but I’m still learning. If I panicked now, would that help?
“Of course I’m upset and angry that it wasn’t our fault, in a way, that we didn’t succeed, but we have to take it and do what we can for the race.”
Vettel was hit by two yellow flag interventions in his last race in Q1, linked to incidents involving Nikita Mazepin’s Haas and Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari, the man who replaced him at Maranello.
“Certainly I think there was potential for us to be a lot faster, but obviously we had the problem with the yellow flags during the lap which made it impossible to come back,” added Vettel.
The team remained optimistic and took some consolation from 10th qualifying Lance Stroll in the other Aston Martin car, with the team looking to shine by returning the famous British marque to Formula 1 for the first time since 1960.
Vettel had revealed on Thursday that he was overtaking his ‘Honey Ryder’ car as a tribute to the original James Bond daughter, played by Ursula Andress, in Dr No.
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