Sebastian Vettel will start the Formula 1 season opener in Bahrain from the last of the grid after being imposed by a penalty for ignoring the yellow flags in qualifying. This is surely not the debut Vettel wanted to have with Aston Martin. Vettel was knocked out in the first session of qualifying in the 18th place ahead of Bahrain GP after aborting his final lap.
Vettel had to slow down at Turn 1 after Haas rookie Nikita Mazepin spun ahead of him, with the Russian having just jumped the queue and passed the Aston Martin driver on the warm-up lap.
The hearing, which took place at 1:30pm local time in Bahrain, led to Vettel being given a five-place grid penalty for failing to respect double yellow flags at Turn 1.
Sebastian Vettel to start from last after ignoring yellow flags
Sebastian Vettel has struggled with the car throughout the weekend. The German has not looked comfortable in the Aston Martin in any of the sessions, suffering from a lack of balance.
Aston Martin, however, proved to be a competitive unit. The team qualified in P10 at the hands of Lance Stroll, suggesting there is pace in the car. For Sebastian Vettel, tomorrow is a new day. Points are only won on Sunday and the German will look to capitalize on Bahrain’s notoriety for having safety cars and first lap crashes.
Having said that, the four-time world champion will be looking for anything but a dull race. Chaos and confusion in the paddock during the Bahrain Grand Prix will give Sebastian Vettel the best chance to move up the grid.
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