MUST-SEE: Sebastian Vettel pilots a 100-year-old slice of Aston Martin history around the Circuit Paul Ricard
The Silverstone weekend saw Sebastian Vettel pilot a 30-year-old ex-Nigel Mansell Williams FW14B around the British Grand Prix circuit in a demo run. But if you thought that was old, wait until you see what the four-time champion’s been trying out at Paul Ricard...
On Thursday of the French Grand Prix weekend, Vettel got behind the the wheel of a 1922 Bamford & Martin TT1 – affectionately known as ‘Green Pea’ – and took to the track at the Circuit Paul Ricard, putting the car through its paces in the company of former F1 racer Johnny Herbert.
‘Green Pea’ was one of two cars prepared for the 1922 French Grand Prix at Strasbourg – with only Mercedes-Benz of the current F1 teams having a Grand Prix lineage that stretches back further than Aston Martin.
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“Green Pea holds a very special place in Aston Martin’s heritage, and you can almost feel that century of history beneath your fingertips when at the wheel,” said Vettel.
“The racing spirit and will to win is something that defines Aston Martin, and it’s fantastic to celebrate it this weekend as we bring Green Pea and our heritage in motorsport together with the cutting-edge technology and performance of today’s AMR22 car.”
Watch Vettel’s run in the video above.