Sebastian Vettel got off to a bad start to his French Grand Prix weekend, going off the track in the famous Paul Ricard Signs curve. After a shock from behind, he was able to return to the pits and only lost half an hour.
The second free practice session was still cause for concern for Aston Martin F1 in terms of performance, but the four-time world champion was unable to complete a fully optimized lap, placing him in 15th place.
“The track conditions were hot and very windy, which surprised me this morning when I swerved,” said Vettel. “It cost us a bit of time on the track, but we made up for it in the afternoon.”
“The long run was clean and we managed to get a couple of consecutive laps which was important. My performance run was not the best and I made a mistake.”
“But today it was about having a good feeling with the car to be sure to perform well in qualifying. I think we know where we can find performance and there are things we can do. improving, that’s where we’re going to focus our energy tonight. “
For Lance Stroll, it was not much better with 16th place. While he is satisfied with a fully completed program on Friday, he also admits that the Aston Martin AMR21 lacks speed on the track.
“It was really hot on the track today, and there were occasional squalls, which made the conditions difficult as it is a low-grip track. It was particularly windy at the start of the day, but we were able to get into the rhythm and work on our program, “says the Quebecer.
“We’ve learned some useful things about the car’s balance and passed some important tests. However, I think we’re lacking a bit of rhythm so we’ll look at everything tonight and try to come back stronger tomorrow. The peloton is already looking very tight this weekend, so small gains can certainly make the difference; that’s what we’ll be looking to find for qualifying. “