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Why Aston Martin Vettel is dying to keep

Mike Krack is required to be a man of conviction. The Luxembourger wants to make Sebastian Vettel palatable for another season in Formula 1 at Aston Martin. And “with deeds and not words,” as Krack emphasized in the RTL / ntv interview. That means: Aston Martin is working on finally providing the four-time world champion with a car that Vettel can really have fun with again and be able to drive up front.

The AMR22, which was severely paralyzed at the start of the season, had to be brought to an area “where Sebastian sees the light at the end of the tunnel again,” says Krack. “If he realizes that something is going on, that’s a package that works, we’re making progress, then the decision is much easier for him.” Because, according to the team boss: “Sebastian Vettel does not drive for 17th place.”

Well, the veteran doesn’t drive for 18th place either. The fact that Vettel landed in this place in qualifying for the British GP at Silverstone (Sunday, from 3 p.m., LIVE on RTL) is therefore not exactly conducive to the British factory team’s work of persuasion. His racer simply didn’t have enough speed, Vettel said after the rainy qualifying session in the “Home of British Motor Racing”. Neither in the wet nor in the dry.

After the summer break probably clarity

Vettel’s mood, his emotional barometer, should ultimately be the deciding factor as to whether the 35-year-old will extend his contract with Aston Martin and also step on the gas next season in the motorsport premier class or not. He will see how the next races go, said Vettel recently in a virtual call with RTL / ntv. “I don’t think it will take us forever,” said the 53-time Grand Prix winner. Krack also expects clarity after the summer break.

But why would Aston Martin even want Vettel to stay on board? It’s a provocative question. Finally, the Vettel critics etch that the ex-champion has lost the speed of the past few days. make too many mistakes Be too expensive (with an estimated annual salary of 15 million euros, Vettel is still one of the top earners in the scene). And then there are Vettel’s affairs of the heart.

Martin Armbruster

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