Vettel admitted that he and the team still need to learn a lot about how to manage and configure AMR22.
“Honestly, there is still a lot to understand,” Vettel said. “This is a completely different animal, and we want to tame it in a different way. It controls the machine, but it also works, in terms of setup.
“We tried a few things. There are some serious problems that others face and problems. Yes, we need to find solutions.
“I still have a lot to learn from a car that wants to drive differently, and I’m playing with a driving style than I can. Equally we play with the machine, we try to solve some of the problems we have, the problems we face, find solutions. So much remains to be done.
“Everyone is equal, there is still a very, very steep and high mountain to climb. I can’t say that the minute we see the peak, but I think the challenge is fun, and there’s a belief that one day we’ll reach that peak, hopefully just before the season.
“I think it will be a long year anyway and everyone is probably in the same boat when it comes to studying these cars and certain issues. But so far so good.
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22, leaves the garage
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Vettel admitted that the new car has a lot that he considered alien, even with his extensive experience in different eras of the sport.
“It’s completely different,” he said. “It’s a completely different position in the car. You see differently, because the wheels are big, the fairing is on top. You get used to it pretty quickly. But, as I said, driving is different. And I’m still playing.” .
“Obviously, not every circle is the same. So you need to choose your battles. But yes, overall, all right, it’s happening. But where we are, I do not know.
“After all, I hope we’re closer, that’s the main thing. Last year we were very far away and sometimes it wasn’t so much fun when you’re not in the mix. So I hope this year we can be much more in the mix and then we will be able to make a difference.
“We haven’t had any reliability issues, anything that wouldn’t really bother us at the moment. It’s more of a car, driving behavior and some issues.”
Vettel acknowledged that, like others, his team must tackle the problem of starting cars. Teams faced a “fight” on the main line of Barcelona, and some suffered a floor from behind.
“Obviously the car likes to go lower, and that’s different from the past, but we’ve seen other cars bounce up and down a bit in a straight line. We have one of them.
“We’re only in the middle of learning, and at this point it’s hard to say we’re better or worse than others.”