French Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel to drive 100-year-old car as part of Aston Martin’s centenary celebration

The four-time champion also hoped for an improved performance from the team at Paul Ricard but also looked worried about the challenge the track poses for the drivers.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 21 July 2022 12:16 PM

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Formula 1 Constructors Aston Martin will celebrate their centenary at the French Grand Prix this weekend and as a part of this celebration, Sebastian Vettel will be driving one of Aston Martin's original Grand Prix cars. Aston Martin will celebrate the 100-year anniversary with a demonstration run where the four-time F1 champion Vettel in the 1922 TT1 'Green Pea' ahead of the race.

The 2022 F1 calendar has fittingly allowed Aston Martin to celebrate the centenary in the same country where their first Grand Prix car made its debut in Strasbourg for the French GP on July 15, 1922. Vettel also looks excited to drive TT1 as he says he is passionate about the history of the sport. "Finally, I am passionate about the history of the sport, so it will be really special to drive one of Aston Martin's original 1922 grand prix cars this weekend,” said Sebastian Vettel.

The four-time champion also hoped for an improved performance from the team at Paul Ricard but also looked worried about the challenge the track poses for the drivers. Sebastian Vettel, however, was hopeful of gaining some momentum before the summer break kicks off.

"Paul Ricard's high-speed corners should gain an added dimension with these ground-effect cars, and the lower-speed corners will provide a challenge for everybody,” said Sebastian Vettel while previewing the weekend’s action. "The previous weekends have not always been kind to us for one reason or another, so it would be nice to pick up some momentum before the summer break."

Lance Stroll also hoping for change in fortunes

Aston Martin’s both drivers have not been able to put on a top-drawer performance. Although the AMR22 has looked more competitive since a raft of upgrades were added in Spain, qualification has been out of reach for them with the quest for solid points still on.

However, Lance Stroll, who has failed to score since his home race in Canada, is hopeful for a change in fortunes to celebrate Aston Martin's landmark. "It is a special event for the team with Aston Martin's 100th-anniversary celebrations," said Stroll. "Hopefully, we will be able to come away with a good result this weekend."

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