No early Aston Martin test with 2018 chassis


( – Sebastian Vettel will in all probability not take the wheel for Aston Martin for the first time until next year. The four-time world champion is out of the question for the young driver test in Abu Dhabi anyway – also because his contract with Ferrari will probably only expire at the turn of the year and no approval should be given at an earlier point in time.

Sebastian Vettel will not start his work for Aston Martin until the new year Zoom

Although the German does not want to give any details about his contract, he says when asked about the time of a possible first test for Aston Martin and the associated contract hurdles: “It would be logical next year.”

“And as far as testing is concerned: As I am currently hearing, there will be a test before the start of the season. It will be my first time in the new car,” Vettel continues. This suggests that the German will only sit in the Aston Martin during the three-day winter test drives (location and date still open) and not, like Fernando Alonso, already test in a car from 2018.

Sainz wants a test before the test

Vettel’s successor at Ferrari, Carlos Sainz, will also not enjoy being able to try out a current car before the regular winter test drives. On the other hand, he would like to take a ride in a two-year-old car, which the regulations allow. But he doesn’t want to deal with that until he’s finished the season with McLaren.

Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz would like to climb into the Ferrari early Zoom

“We’ll see. That’s my answer at the moment,” said the Spaniard. “When I have left McLaren for Ferrari, there will be a lot of thought behind the scenes about how to get to the test drives and the first race as prepared as possible.”

A test in a car from 2018 is definitely an option for him, “but I’ll continue to give everything for McLaren and don’t want to be too distracted by what the future holds in January, February or March,” says Sainz.

Not enough preparation? Vettel unconcerned

According to him, the normal test plan is definitely not sufficient for proper preparation: “You don’t learn the tricks of the car or the steering wheel, even if you sit in the simulator a lot,” he says. “You have to get to know the team, so a day and a half is pretty little and probably not enough.”

“But it is what it is,” he adds. “We will have to adapt and we will have to find a way to make sure that we are as prepared as possible within the regulations.”

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Sebastian Vettel is not worried about it: “Worry? No, if it happens that way, that’s how it is,” he waves him away. “Over the years you get used to little driving time. Even if a day and a half doesn’t sound like much, you still get a lot of driving time,” said the German.

He emphasizes: “It’s the same for all of us. And nowadays you can do a lot in advance. I guess that the key lies in preparing for the test and then for the first race.”

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