Six-time Formula 1 race winner Ralf Schumacher believes Aston Martin is “struggling” with their current level of performance.
In 2020, before its transition to Aston Martin, Racing Point finished fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, scoring a pole position, a race victory and four podiums.
However, he has taken a step back this year, with the team citing changes in ground regulations as the reason for his drop in pace.
In the constructors’ standings, it is currently in seventh place, ahead of AlphaTauri by 31 points.
Big-name signing Sebastian Vettel holds a discreet 12th place in the standings, having finished in points only four times since his arrival for 2021.
“I refuse to believe Sebastian embarrassed himself. It’s more the team that’s in trouble right now, ”said Schumacher, uncle of runner Haas Mick, Sky Germany.
“The package just isn’t going in the right direction and doesn’t look like it can develop, although they have a very close cooperation with Mercedes. Of course, the fact that they have hired a lot of new employees could stand in the way. “
Schumacher doubts the situation will improve for the remainder of the season.
“I don’t think we’ll see Sebastian in the top 10 very often, unless there are crashes at the start like in Budapest. [when there was a multi-car collision at Turn 1]”, added Schumacher.
“They are definitely behind McLaren and Ferrari, and even AlphaTauri is ahead, so it will be a tough end to the year for Vettel.”