It was a daring wager, which is much from having paid off: on a reasonably low-humidity observe which additionally appeared to dry out very slowly, Sebastian Vettel tried to swap his intermediate tires for slicks on the 36th lap of the Grand Prix de Turkey, whereas occupying tenth place below menace from Esteban Ocon.
At the beginning of that lap, his racing engineer Tim Wright reported “Ricciardo could be very fast together with his cooler intermediaries”, earlier than asking in flip 11: “We’re contemplating a pit cease. Would you wish to attempt a tricky – sorry, tender for the dry?” Vettel responded with out hesitation: “Mediums. Mediums, right here we go.” The quadruple World Champion was fast to grasp his mistake, nevertheless, permitting greater than a minute to slide by in a large number of slips and a brand new cease on the next lap to return to intermediates.
Vettel thus completed the race 18th, far behind the peloton (and much forward of the Haas), however regardless of all the pieces, at Aston Martin, there are clearly no regrets. “Himself needed to position a wager, we did not inform him no”, says staff supervisor Otmar Szafnauer to Motorsport.com, with subsequently a model of the info barely totally different from actuality. “Seb informed us on the radio: ‘I would like dry tires, put the mediums on’, and we did not dispute it, we did what he mentioned. It was finished comparatively rapidly, we did not have not argued with him for thus lengthy. “
“Loads of instances we are saying that in such drying situations it is as much as the driving force to resolve. So we did it. Within the different route, it is extra as much as the staff, however on a drying observe it’s is the rider who has the sensation on the observe. I simply assume this circuit would not dry out usually so it is onerous to foretell. He knew immediately that the grip wasn’t there, so he returned to the pit on the subsequent lap, however misplaced plenty of time. “
Does the staff have the slightest remorse for having let slip this tenth place? “You need to belief [à Vettel]”, says Szafnauer, “and the opposite factor to consider is he is good within the rain and in difficult situations – and that is precisely what he is been on this race. So if he says that it is succesful, who’re we to argue with? However I believe that wasn’t the norm, it is a totally different observe within the rain. “
“Ought to have, might have … If it had labored and he had completed fourth or on the rostrum, we’d have been comfortable. No threat, no reward”, assures the American. However the truth is, it was extraordinarily unlikely that Vettel would climb on the rostrum: on the time of this wager, the German was six seconds behind Lando Norris, ninth, 22 over Carlos Sainz, eighth, and 45 over Max Verstappen. , third. At this level, Vettel was working 12 seconds off his finest time of the weekend, achieved on a superbly dry observe, and even when he might have turned 12 seconds quicker, little doubt his rivals would have observed in a short time and would have returned to the pit on the subsequent lap.
“It wasn’t simply the additional stoppage that killed him, as a result of we lose about 20 seconds within the pits right here, it is the 30 seconds he misplaced on this lap”, Szafnauer provides. “In intermediates, he did some actually good lap instances as soon as he received previous the graining part.”
Lance Stroll, in the meantime, scored two factors for ninth place simply overtaking Ocon, who had had the identical tires from the beginning, on 53rd of 58 laps on the schedule. The Canadian, nevertheless, misplaced huge by slipping 12 seconds due to an issue throughout his pit cease, together with seven on his important opponent Carlos Sainz, who additionally had an issue within the pitlane. Nevertheless, exactly, seven seconds separated them after their respective stops …
“A great efficiency, stable, he had good lap instances all through the race”Szafnauer is happy. “I believe we received him into the pit on the proper time. Sadly we had a little bit of a gradual cease, and it is onerous to say the place he would have ended up. [Carlos] Sainz was very fast as soon as he received by the graining part, however so was Lance, so it was efficiency. “
Aston Martin however stays a good way from Alpine and AlphaTauri within the constructors’ championship, with 43 and 31 factors of deficit on these two groups.