Sebastian Vettel says Aston Martin made the right call to give Lance Stroll the team’s only upgrade package this weekend, despite out-qualifying him.
Aston Martin has put its sole upgrade package on Stroll’s car, as he was the team’s highest-scoring driver after the first two races. Vettel said Stroll’s familiarity with the car made him the right candidate for the new parts.
“Obviously he felt a lot comfortable straight away with the car compared to me,” said Vettel. “So I think it was logical.”
But while Vettel made his first appearance in Q3 and took 10th on the grid, Stroll was eliminated in the first round and will line up 17th.
“Obviously we have a big split between the cars now in terms of qualifying positions, just the other way round [compared to] the last races,” Vettel acknowledged. “Ideally, we [would] have them closer together, to also work a bit more together in the race. But I think we still have to and want to improve.”
Despite his improved showing this weekend, Vettel said he’s “still learning about the car” at the moment.
“It’s going to be a long season,” he said. “But these couple of races now are very crucial to get on top of it. We’re still changing a lot of things one session to another, to just explore the limits.”
The four-times world champion said he is learning from his considerably less experienced team mate. “Lance has a different style, obviously every team mate is a bit different,” Vettel explained.
“There’s definitely in terms of the approach, driving some corners, quite a bit of a difference that I can learn from and probably also the same thing the other way around. I think he had a good start to the season and definitely was more comfortable and faster than me in the beginning. So hopefully we are closer now, for the next races.”