We all expected Sebastian Vettel to be back fit for the Saudi Arabian GP but it hasn’t turned out to be the same. The German tested positive for COVID-19 just days before the Bahrain GP and had to sit on the sidelines. The four time world champion and Aston Martin have had a horror start to the season with their star driver not able to compete for points in their battle to be the best of the rest.
Nico Hulkenberg was chosen as the replacement for Sebastian Vettel because of his experience in formula 1 and the bags of talent he has. The driver definitely looked rusty because of his absence from the sport since 2020 but he was never the less able to outqualify his team mate Lance Stroll which cannot be good signs for the team. Nico Hulkenberg will keep his spot for the Saudi Arabian GP with Sebastian Vettel still unfit to make it to the race.
Nico Hulkenberg did definitely looked off the pace as the team suffered a horrific weekend on track. The German finished last of the drivers who finished the race, more than a minute behind the leader and Lance Stroll also finished a disappointing P12. In their battle to be the best of the rest, this hasn’t been the most ideal weekend for Aston Martin.
Nico Hulkenberg set to continue for Aston Martin as Sebastian Vettel fails to test negative for COVID-19
A lot of drivers have suffered with the disease lately and have shared their experiences with the media. Daniel Ricciardo recently said, “I was definitely in a pretty tough place so I would have struggled.“
“I was pretty knocked out from it.”
“So I think it’s really obviously case-by-case, and if you feel like you can do it then yeah, maybe show some kind of little fitness test and prove it. But I would have struggled a week ago.” As reported by planetf1.
It hasn’t been easy going for the drivers as they battle their way through this new variant of COVID-19. Sebastian Vettel has been the most recent victim of it. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on track at the Australian GP.