Mike Krack, Aston Martin's team principal, acknowledged that Vettel brought substantial contributions to the team, not only in terms of on-track performance but also in influencing working methods and overall team dynamics.
Aston Martin performance director, Tom McCullough, also highlighted how Vettel endeavoured to leverage his racing experiences with Red Bull and Ferrari to benefit Aston Martin and contribute to their improvement.
“When he joined us, he’d come from two championship-winning teams. At that time he brought a lot of small details,” said McCullough, as per RaceFans.
“He is a relentless worker as well," McCullough said. "We often say the driver’s the best sensor in the car, and a lot of the development, you’ve got a wind tunnel, you’ve got simulators, offline simulations, CFD, [but] a driver whose backside’s connected to the car well can say ‘this is the phase of these kind of corners that I know we’re struggling maybe more than others’. And then that allows you to go dig into the data.
“For sure, we didn’t give him a good enough car over the two years he was here. By the end of his second year, we were making progress.
"But I felt for him that he’s not really got any of the benefit of this year’s car. Over the years that often happens.
"I’ve been involved with that process myself in the past.”
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