Vettel calls Austria an ‘unfortunate weekend’ after pair of journeys into the gravel following collisions
In an Austrian Grand Prix weekend by which Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin was despatched into the gravel twice, earlier than he got here dwelling P17 in Sunday’s race – the final of the remaining drivers – the one phrase the four-time champion may use to explain his expertise on the Pink Bull Ring was “unfortunate”.
Vettel started the race down in 18th, and was one of many few drivers to begin the race on the laborious tyre. And regardless of being hit by particles firstly of the race, the German driver was in a position to proceed and made regular progress, climbing as excessive as ninth within the first stint.
Nevertheless, on Lap 38, battling for thirteenth with Pierre Gasly at Flip 4, the Frenchman clipped Vettel into the gravel, sending the Aston Martin driver plummeting down the order. And after a “disappointing” weekend, Vettel was merely seeking to transfer on from Austria and forward to France.
“Clearly disappointing,” mentioned Vettel. “I had a chunk of the automobile in entrance that landed on my entrance wing on the primary lap; I don’t know if that broken the automobile actually. After that we have been fairly gradual. On the medium tyre it was higher, we have been working by way of the sector, after which Pierre I believe was a bit too eager and I used to be off once more.
“After that, the automobile wasn’t in the very best quality anymore, we simply completed the race on the finish of the pack. I believe we have now had fairly an unfortunate weekend so let’s simply flip the web page and give attention to the following race in France.”
2022 Austrian Grand Prix: Gasly and Vettel make contact at Flip 4 as Vettel spins off into the gravel
Vettel’s collision with Gasly was the second time he had been despatched into the gravel over the weekend, after Alex Albon had collided with the German at Flip 6 throughout Saturday’s Dash.
Vettel was heard on the radio complaining concerning the drivers he collided with, and when requested whether or not it was irritating to be put in these conditions, he replied: “Sure, it’s… It’s disappointing to be pushed into the gravel once more. This time it was Gasly and it virtually feels that there’s a goal on my automobile!
“I had made a superb transfer on the skin and was forward leaving loads of house. I believe he was only a bit too eager, bumped into me, and I used to be off within the gravel. The automobile was not in the most effective form after that, and my race was just about achieved.”
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Vettel’s group mate Lance Stroll completed the race in thirteenth after lining up firstly in twelfth, and the Canadian mentioned he loved a few of his on-track battles with different automobiles, however felt Aston Martin had lacked the tempo to compete with a few of their rivals in Austria.
“My begin was first rate, and I may maintain place and battle with the McLarens early on,” mentioned Stroll. “I additionally had some good wheel-to-wheel moments on the market with automobiles on totally different methods, which was enjoyable.
“Nevertheless, it was tough to maintain the sooner automobiles behind. It might have been good to have come away with a degree or two after a robust restoration drive yesterday, however we have now to maintain pushing and can try to return to the factors in France.”