Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel had an Aston Martin debut to forget in Bahrain. The former Ferrari driver was first given a grid penalty after the German was found guilty of yellow flag infringements during the qualifying session. Things went from bad to worse when Vettel hit Esteban Ocon's Alpine and was handed a 10-second penalty in the race.
However, Sebastian Vettel remains optimistic. The German now feels comfortable in his new team. Speaking at Thursday's press conference, Vettel said:
“Well the team is great, I think the spirit is great in the team and I feel really comfortable, so I’m enjoying the work and the efforts that are going in. We have a little bit of new bits (for the car) for this weekend. Hopefully they will make us a little bit faster."
Sebastian Vettel hopes for a clean race at Imola
Sebastian Vettel hasn't had a clean race in Formula 1 since his podium finish in Turkey last season. To have one is the prime goal for the four-time world champion coming into the Imola Grand Prix:
"The target is to have clean races and not to have anything interrupting that. So, I think that’s the expectation I set of myself and the level that I want to be at obviously doesn’t excuse things like this happening.”
When the German was asked about his unfortunate incident with Ocon, he said that he will need to learn from his mistakes and move forward. Mark Webber, Vettel's former teammate, said that Vettel is his own biggest critic.
Vettel had the following to say when asked about the incident with Ocon:
"I think the key is that I understand what happened, and I think I did, and you try to learn from it. I’m quite sure it wouldn’t happen again but going forwards there’s always things you can learn from your mistakes and what mistakes others are making."
Sebastian Vettel will be hoping for his first points finish for Aston Martin in the upcoming Imola Grand Prix. Lawrence Stroll and Otmar Szafnauer have high hopes from Aston Martin, and the German plays a central role in their ambitions. The Silverstone-based side will hope their marquee signing finds his feet sooner rather than later.