From his days at Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel has a reputation for going into every nitty-gritty detail.
“Sebastian’s debriefs would take about two hours – we’d be half an hour in and he’s just completed the formation lap and tested his drinks bottle.” That was Red Bull boss Christian Horner’s memories of working with Sebastian Vettel when he spoke to F1 Unscripted with Heineken last year.
Horner, speaking with F1 Unscripted with Heineken host David Coulthard, went on, regarding Vettel’s debriefs: “The detail he used to go into in recounting every stage of the race, every stage of the tire, it was way too much information for us to be even able to digest… Mark [Webber] would take about 15 minutes to do the entire race.”
And asked about working with Vettel at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, team boss Otmar Szafnauer confirmed Vettel’s detailed debriefs.
“Sebastian has expanded the way we do things,” said Szafnauer.
“Lance isn’t a rookie, he’s been with us for a while now and there’s a good dynamic between Lance and Sebastian. Sebastian does have more experience and the way we go about debriefs now has changed a bit… and not just Lance, but the entire team, have embraced that.”
And Szafnauer said Vettel’s progress in recent races was simply a logical progression, as he gets more and more comfortable in his Aston Martin AMR21.
“He was getting better and better before Monaco,” said Szafnauer. “I shouldn’t say better and better, but more and more comfortable in the car… [and] I think it’s a progression of little steps. It’s a logical incrementalism to get to the peak.
“We’ve all improved in our process a little bit, in the way we go about the weekend,” he added. “We’re all learning, Lance too, and we’ll lift the team together.”