Vettel hails ‘incredible race’ at Imola as he and Stroll claim Aston Martin’s first points of 2022
On Sunday, Aston Martin beat their duck as Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll scored the team’s first points of 2022 at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix – the pair leaving Italy delighted to put numbers on the board.
Four-time champion Vettel scored four points with P8 – fending off Haas’ Kevin Magnussen – while Lance Stroll took another point at P10. And that was after a lackluster Sprint result, with Vettel taking 13th on Saturday and Stroll taking 15th. Wet conditions at the start helped the drivers climb straight into the top 10, with Vettel rising to seventh before Charles Leclerc passed at the end.
“I think it was an amazing race for us,” Vettel said. “Obviously we capitalized on the conditions, but after that we just tried to hang on as much as possible. We did well I think beating faster cars behind us. I think it was a very strong.
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“Kevin [Megnussen] behind has a much faster package but we were able to push him back and he had problems with his tyres. I think we managed well and it’s good to have both cars in the points. It’s really a good day for us.
His team-mate Stroll added that he faced “intense” pressure, both on the intermediates (which started to overheat when the conditions dried) and then on the medium tyres. The Canadian, like Vettel, was in a train of cars throughout the race.
“I feel good!” Walk said. “I think it was a well deserved point. We had the pressure behind the whole race and it was very intense and close from start to finish with the rain and everything, so really happy.
“Today we had good pace, we’re so happy with it… The two cars in the points make it a really positive weekend for the team.
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“At the start of the race, we performed well. Everyone was struggling with overheated tires and a drying track, but we kept [Lewis] Hamilton behind and under pressure [Yuki] Tsunoda ahead. Once we switched to the medium tires we continued to show good pace and pulled away from the train of cars behind us.
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The result left team principal Mike Krack full of praise for his drivers, who propelled Aston Martin from bottom of the standings to 9th ahead of the Miami Grand Prix.
“Sebastian and Lance both rode flawlessly in today’s tough race,” said the team boss.
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“It was an eventful and exciting Grand Prix – and only ourselves and Red Bull Racing managed to get both cars home in the points today. We know we still have a long way to go, but the This afternoon’s result is a big boost for the whole team – both here in Imola and at the factory.