Lewis Hamilton might not have had a perfect start to the 2022 Formula One season. Although the Brit achieved an unlikely podium in the Bahrain GP, he was knocked out at Q1 of the Saudi GP and finished the race in 10th place. But that seems much better than the fate of Sebastian Vettel who has failed to start a single race so far in this season.
4-time Formula One World Champion and current Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel could not participate in the 2022 season opener. The German driver tested positive ahead of the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix and missed the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after not producing a negative test Result,
Fellow German driver Nico Hulkenberg was parachuted in to substitute Vettel while he was quarantined in his home in Switzerland. Nico failed to earn points in both the races so far and
Lewis Hamilton welcomes back an old rival
Aston Martin and Formula One confirmed today that Sebastian Vettel will be available to race in the upcoming Australian GP. Lewis Hamilton welcomed back his old rival’s return to the Formula One grid with a story on his Instagram account. He shared the post of Vettel’s return posted by Formula One with the caption “Covid is no joke, welcome back.”
After Nico Hulkenberg finished the race in Bahrain he was asked to stay back and on-call in case Vettel’s test results are still positive 24 hours before FP1 in Jeddah. Eventually, he had to sit in for Vettel along with Lance Stroll.
Aston Martin along with Williams are yet to score points ahead of the Australian Grand Prix since 2019. Both Stroll and Hulkenberg lacked the pace and finished in the bottom half of the pack on both races.