Vettel to make F1 return for Australian GP after missing opening two rounds of 2022
Sebastian Vettel will return for the third round of the season in Australia after Covid-19 saw him miss the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian Grands Prix.
The four-time champion stepped aside for reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg to drive in the opening two rounds of the season, Vettel having tested positive for Covid-19. However, he will return for the weekend of April 8-10 at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.
“TEAM UPDATE: We are pleased to confirm that Sebastian Vettel is now fit to race and will therefore line up alongside @lance_stroll in Melbourne to kick off his 2022 @F1 season at the @ausgrandprix,” tweeted Aston Martin on Thursday after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
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The team in green are – along with Williams – yet to score points ahead of the first Australian Grand Prix since 2019.
Meanwhile, ahead of his positive Covid-19 result – which came after the Official Pre-Season Test in Bahrain – Vettel opened up about the challenge of driving the 2022-spec Aston Martin AMR22, saying: “The car wants to be driven in a different way. I am playing with driving styles and what I can do. Equally we are playing with the car, we are trying to sort some problems that we have, some of the challenges that we’ve faced, find solutions.
“There is still a lot to do,” he added, “everybody is flat-out and there is still a very, very steep and high mountain to climb… but it's fun, I think the challenge is fun and the belief is there that one day we will reach that peak.”