(Motorsport-Total.com) – It’s a small Formula 1 sensation: Sebastian Vettel has Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix 2022 in Montreal (follow all units in the Formula 1 live ticker!) In the Aston Martin AMR22 on fourth place Finished just three tenths off the lead. The German describes this as “surprising” on ‘Sky’.
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Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin AMR22 at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal
The decisive factor was above all that he had “trust in the car” today, according to Vettel. “Then you can get a little more out of the track.”
And the track, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, has done it to the four-time world champion: “I think it’s great,” says Vettel. “Kind of really fun.”
Vettel ended up almost a second ahead of Stroll
With the AMR22 he got along well in Canada. “We had a few things that we wanted to try. We succeeded,” says Vettel. “Whether they’re really better now or not, I’m not so sure. But at least everything has worked out so far.”
In the first practice, Vettel was just under nine tenths off the lead in ninth place, about one and a half tenths behind his Aston Martin teammate Lance Stroll, who was seventh. In the second practice session, Vettel was almost a second ahead of Stroll.
Vettel explains: “In the first practice session I didn’t quite manage the lap. It was much better in the second practice session. And I hope we can [das Auto] improve a bit for Saturday. And then we’ll see what’s in it.”
Fast lap bought with qualifying vote?
Aston Martin expressly did not drive with a qualifying set-up on Formula 1 Friday in Montreal, says Vettel. “We were actually on the road as usual. But I don’t know what the others were doing.”
His team finally screwed him a second set of fresh tires on the car, “at least for one [fliegende] Round”, as Vettel says. “Because we suspect that it could be wet on Saturday. Even if it’s not wet, it’s only one lap. Maybe that distorted the picture a bit, that we have one more lap [auf einem frischen Reifensatz] had.”
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“I think the track was a bit better when we got out there again. We were one of the first to begin with. And as I said: If you then have the confidence, you can get a little more out of it.”
Ralf Schumacher: B version pays off
‘Sky’ expert Ralf Schumacher also attributes Vettel’s performance to the modified AMR22 and says: “The B version seems to be getting more and more rolling. Here also with both [Fahrern]. Stroll wasn’t so much in the second practice session [zu sehen]but in the first quite decent.”
These are important signals with a view to Vettel’s sporting future in Formula 1, Schumacher continues. Vettel certainly draws “motivation” from such results.
Will Vettel therefore decide to continue? “I’m not quite sure because it’s ultimately up to him,” says Schumacher. “It’s a matter of feeling. Does he see a future here in this topic, is it progressing, does the team want to continue working with him? All of these questions will then be answered.”
“I wish [Vettels Verbleib in der Formel 1] for Germany, but I can also imagine that at some point he will say: That’s enough for me.”
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