Mick Schumacher would almost be the best-placed German in Bahrain: Because Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel is only in 18th place, eight places behind his teammate Lance Stroll – a smack!
Vettel is only one place ahead of Mick Schumacher in the Haas Ferrari in the Bahrain GP, behind Sebastian there are only the two Haas racers, the worst Formula 1 car. It got even worse for Vettel: His Canadian stable mate Lance Stroll made it into the top ten, finishing tenth.
The four-time Formula 1 world champion Vettel says: “It is obvious that the potential would have been there to drive significantly faster.”
But the Heppenheimer was unlucky twice: On the last attempt to work his way into the top 15, Sebastian found yellow flags in the first corner (Nikita Mazepin was turning), and then again when Carlos Sainz with a stuttering engine on the corner 8 rolled out (but was later able to restart its engine). Vettel is now suspected of delaying the yellow flags too little. In the case of Sainz, this could soon be invalidated. In the case of Mazepin, the race management requests Vettel to explain himself to them on Sunday lunchtime.
Vettel: “After these two yellow flags, there was no more chance to go around another lap. Unfortunately I can’t change it. But it’s annoying because the training was actually good. ”
When asked how high the panic factor is with such a bad starting position, Vettel said: “Would it help if I panic? Or if I were mad as hell? Of course I’m angry, but the whole thing wasn’t our fault and something like that has to be put away. ”
In the end, none of that mattered, but Vettel almost couldn’t have started his second fast lap. During his warm-up lap he had been overtaken by a number of opponents (including the later humming top Mazepin), and the Aston Martin crossed the finish line exactly one second before the checkered flag fell, in order to go on the all-important lap!
Conclusion by Vettel: “The whole thing is just regrettable because I notice that there is a lot more in the car. We had worked a lot on the set-up and it looked like it was starting to pay off. But in the end I couldn’t prove it. I will now have to find out in the race what our improvements are worth. It won’t be easy from back there, but the car is fast enough to make up places. “
01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1:28,997
02. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes W12, 1:29,385
03. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes W12, 1: 29,586
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari SF21, 1: 29.678
05. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda,1:29,809
06. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, 1: 29,927
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, 1: 29,974
08. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari SF21,1:30,215
09. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine A521-Renault, 1.30,249
10. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, 1:30,601
11. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1:30,659
12. Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, 1: 30.708
13. Yuki Tsotaka (J), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, 1: 31,203
14. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, 1: 31,238
15. George Russell (GB), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, 1:33,430
16. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine A521-Renault, 1:31,724
17. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, 1:31,926
18. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, 1:32,056
19. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, 1:32,449
20. Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, 1:33,273