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Aston Martin’s Vettel out to show he still has plenty left in the tank

But after pre-season testing in Bahrain, the former world champion already has some catching up to do

Alan Baldwin

Sebastian Vettel will want to show he still has the speed and spirit of a four-time world champion as he makes a fresh start with Aston Martin this season, but the German already has some catching up to do.

Through no fault of his own, the 33-year-old ended Formula One’s pre-season testing in Bahrain with less mileage than any of his rivals, and with the first race looming at the same Sakhir Circuit on March 28. Such a situation would have alarmed him back in the day when he won four successive titles with Red Bull but Vettel, winner of 53 races, is older and wiser now.

“Probably 10 years ago I would panic now,” Vettel told reporters. “But then again, if I were to panic now, would it help? Probably not. We are just trying to do our things and use the time now we have. We still got some running. And for me it was super, super useful...

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