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In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel admits he’s having to find new forms of motivation racing in the midfield

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Vettel having to find “different sort of motivation” at Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel admits he’s having to find new forms of motivation while racing in the midfield with Aston Martin.

Vettel joined Aston Martin from Ferrari and has only raced once this season, in Australia, where he retired. Vettel admits that racing has a “different taste” when not fighting for wins.

“In all honesty, I had an amazing 15 years or so looking back and I was in a position to win championships, win a lot of races, fight for positions, get a lot of podiums, and obviously the taste was great,” he said. Vettel.

“It’s not a secret that if you’re not in a position to be there that it’s a different taste. You need to find a different sort of motivation. But I think, ultimately, I’m willing to be tasting the same again. That’s the nature of the sport.”

Mercedes porpoising broke stay on Russell’s car – Wolff

Toto Wolff revealed that George Russell’s Mercedes suffered so severely from porpoising on the straight at Imola in practice that it broke a floor stay designed to increase the rigidity of the car’s floor.

Mercedes have struggled most visibly from the bouncing experienced phenomenon by 2022 ground effect F1 cars and are still developing solutions to the problem.

“We had George bouncing so much that he broke the stay, actually, on the floor,” Wolff explained to Sky F1. “You can’t drive here, you have to lift on the straight.”

Asked how the effect would impact on drivers Russell and Lewis Hamilton physically, Wolff said he did not know. “I don’t know, but I think they are trained”Everyone was panicking” before F2 qualifying, says polesitter Vips

Jüri Vips, who took pole in Formula 2’s heavily delayed qualifying session, said that despite a disrupted and wet practice session teams had been predicting dry weather.

“The most important thing on days like this is just to keep calm,” said Vips, describing the way sessions had been postponed, moved, rescheduled and red-flagged. “Two hours before qualifying, we had literally the full dry set up on the car because we didn’t expect any more rain.

“And then it started raining all of a sudden and everyone was panicking. We change the set up immediately. If you go with a dry set up on a wet track, you just be last no matter how good of a job you do. So there was that factor.”

F2’s qualifying start was dependent on the end of Formula 1’s, which was significantly elongated by red flag periods.

“We didn’t know what the weather was going to do, maybe it was going to dry,” explained Vips. “There were a lot of questions, a lot of things that you can’t really predict, it’s out of your control.

“But you just have to make the best of the situation because in the end, the weather and all these other factors are just the same for everyone. So you just have to remain calm and do your job.”

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