Aston Martin to field updated AMR21 for Vettel in Barcelona

Sebastian Vettel's AMR21 will recieve in Barcelona this week the same aero upgrades enjoyed by Aston Martin teammate... The post Aston Martin to field updated AMR21 for Vettel in Barcelona appeared first on F1i.com.

Aston Martin to field updated AMR21 for Vettel in Barcelona

Sebastian Vettel's AMR21 will recieve in Barcelona this week the same aero upgrades enjoyed by Aston Martin teammate Lance Stroll last weekend at Portimão.

Stroll was awarded the latest developments in priority given his tally of points in the Drivers' standings relative to Vettel.

Although the German outpaced the Canadian in qualifying and on race day, for the first time this season, Aston Martin Performance Engineering Director Tom McCullogh says the result did not imply that Stroll's updated car offered less performance, on the contrary.

"In the race Sebastian slipped from his P10 grid slot to a P13 finish, while Lance climbed from his P17 grid slot to a P14 finish," explained the Aston engineer.

"You do not have to be a skilled mathematician to realise that their race performances were opposites, and the reason for that is that.

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"Without aero updates, Sebastian was unable to stay ahead of three cars that had qualified behind him, while, with aero updates, Lance was able to move ahead of three cars that had qualified ahead of him.

"The post-race analysis we have done duly showed that Lance was able to access greater race pace than Sebastian was, the result of the aero updates uniquely fitted to his car, which he used to good effect."

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Vettel says he is eager to sample the updates this weekend at Barcelona's high-grip Circuit de Catalunya.

"This weekend, I’ll have the upgrade Lance used in Portugal – which he felt was promising – so I’m looking forward to experiencing it for myself.

"Looking at the last race, it’s clear that we have better race pace than single-lap performance, so we’ll be looking to make improvements on Saturday to give us the best chance of points on Sunday.

"We all know Sunday afternoons at Barcelona can be tricky for overtaking, so it’s important that we maximise our opportunities where we can."

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Verstappen and Hamilton trustful of giving each other 'enough space'

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Verstappen and Hamilton trustful of giving each other 'enough space'

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton say they have no hesitations about racing each other hard given their mutual trust and respect on the track.

The 2021 season is still in its infancy, but the massive battle for supremacy between Mercedes and Red Bull and their star drivers is already in full swing and set to continue at every opportunity.

So far, Hamilton has the upper hand over his arch-rival, but the intensity of the pair's battles and the determination displayed by Verstappen at Imola in particular, where the Dutchman muscled his way past the seven-time world champion, augur for one of the tightest tug-of-wars ever seen in F1.

But while past duels have often descended in acrimony, Verstappen and Hamilton are confident that they will know where to draw the line as their battle moves forward.

"Yeah, it’s been really cool, especially when you race a driver, when you know that you can go to the absolute limit, I guess you can trust each other to just race super-hard," said Verstappen last weekend on his hard-line jousts with Hamilton.

"I think that’s always really nice because you can see that in the three races…it’s been really close to each other but predictable.

"Lewis has never had something like ‘oh, we’re going to crash’ or something. I always have full trust in Lewis that we all give each other enough space."

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Hamilton is on the same page as his championship challenger.

"Yeah, I just second that," he said. "I think it is naturally down to respect and I think racing both very, very hard but fair.

"And I think that’s what makes great racing and great racing drivers and I think we will continue to keep it clean and keep it on the edge, but I don’t think either of us has a plan to get any closer than we have been."

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