Sebastian Vettel can still have a strong debut season with Aston Martin if he can break free from his “negative spiral”, 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg has said.
Vettel’s debut with the newly rebranded Aston Martin F1 Team at Bahrain last month was a poor showing for the four-time World Champion, with him qualifying towards the back of the grid and getting a grid drop for a yellow flag infringement.
He made up some ground in the race but wrecked his chances of scoring points by crashing into the back of Esteban Ocon’s Alpine, which resulted in him getting a time penalty and yet more penalty points.
Rosberg has said he believes Vettel can bounce back from his difficult final season with Ferrari and the events that unfolded at the 2021 season-opener in Bahrain.
“I really wish it to Sebastian, that he comes out of this low, what he brought with Ferrari and now a little bit to the first race,” Rosberg said.
“Funnily enough, it surprised me that he also says that he still doesn’t feel comfortable in the car. But okay, it’s a new team and he needs a little time.
“But Sebastian has huge talent, this is a four-time World Champion, so he’ll be fine and I’m sure we’ll see some great races from him this year.
“But he has to find a way out of this negative spiral, that’s very, very important. We’ve seen another mistake just now, which is atypical for a four-time World Champion.
“That’s where he has to find his way out, that’s very important,” Rosberg concluded.
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