F1 fans make Aston Martin ‘upgrade’ jibe with Vettel to drive 100-year-old car

Having driven Nigel Mansell’s legendary Williams from his 1992 world championship-winning year ahead of the British Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel will wind the clock back even further this weekend.

The German F1 legend is at Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix, where he and his Aston Martin team will be seeking an upturn in fortunes after a dismal first half of the campaign. Vettel sits 14th in the drivers' standings with 15 points while teammate Lance Stroll is 19th with just three points.

The Silverstone-based team, owed by Stroll’s billionaire dad Lawrence, are ninth out of the 10 teams in the constructors’ championship with just Williams below them. Aston Martin have been left scrapping for the final points at best after a string of Q1 exits in qualifying.

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But Vettel will take a break from the battle for points in the south of France when he takes to the wheel of Aston Martin’s first-ever grand prix car, dubbed the Green Pea, which first took to the track in 1922. Watching a 100-year-old car turn a wheel will be a special occasion for the iconic British car brand and a must-see moment for historic car enthusiasts.

However, some F1 fans haven't been able to resist poking fun at Aston Martin, asking whether the Green Pea is actually an update on their current car!

“Probably faster than the current car,” quipped one Twitter user while another said: “Good to see he's getting an upgrade.”

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A third joked: “This new upgrade package for this French GP looks good” while a fourth added: “Perhaps they’re looking for tips on downforce and handling. Got to be better than their current car.”

One F1 fan commented: “Won’t be surprised if this car is faster than their AMR22.” Another said: “I'm starting to look forward to him [Vettel] driving classic cars more than him in the GP. At least with the current car's performance as it is.”

Aston Martin’s faltering fortunes have led to speculation Vettel will leave the team at the end of the season, whether to retire or to join another team, with McLaren being linked with his services.

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