System 1 |  Aston Martin F1: The rescue of Melbourne was the “highest moment” of 2022

System 1 | Aston Martin F1: The rescue of Melbourne was the “highest moment” of 2022

Aston Martin F1 had a bad time for any team in Melbourne in 2022: during Free Practice 3, Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll both crashed their AMR22s just hours before qualifying, forcing a quick repair.

The four-time world champion lost control of his car and hit the barrier between turns 9 and 10, ripping his wing into pieces and causing extensive damage to his left front wheel. The Canadian also made a mistake at the end of the session and badly damaged his car.

We risked two withdrawals in qualifying on the Aston Martin side, but thanks to the mechanics’ hard work, Stroll’s car was ready in time for the start of Q1, but not Vettel’s.

But due to a red flag in Q1, caused by contact between the Williams of Nicholas Latifi and… Stroll, the team had extra time to repair the German’s F1 car and let it go on track.

While the double crash in PR3 was a difficult moment, Scott Taggart, the mechanic working on Stroll’s car, describes when Vettel’s car was able to hold the pace in qualifying as “best time of the season,” teams of two pilots helping each other to achieve that.

“Both cars crashed, and Lance’s whole team jumped straight and straight into Seb’s car to try to get him out, because there was a chance. It was the worst case scenario,” Taggart said.

Michael Brown, who worked in one of Vettel’s seats, has another memory in mind when he spoke about his best memory in Aston Martin F1.

“Melbourne scored for sure. The best moment of the season. But I want to quote something more positive, even if it wasn’t 2022. For me, it’s Seb’s first podium in Baku (in 2021). It was exciting to see. the whole team celebrating under the podium. That’s my most vivid memory I think.”

“And the party was great after that!” Taggart finishes with a smile.