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Vettel starts due to grid penalty at the back in first race for Aston Martin | NOW

Sebastian Vettel received a grid penalty of five places on Sunday. The German therefore starts at the very back of the Bahrain Grand Prix at his first race for Aston Martin.

Vettel had only qualified eighteenth on Saturday. Due to the grid penalty, Haas drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin can also start the race for the four-time world champion.

On Sunday afternoon, Vettel had to report to the stewards in Bahrain due to an incident during qualifying. The race management ruled that the Aston Martin driver had not slowed down while the yellow flag was waved after a Mazepin spin.

Shortly afterwards, Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz also came to a standstill on the track, which also caused yellow flags to be waved. Vettel and other drivers then went off the gas, according to an investigation by the stewards. The experienced German could therefore not improve and did not get further than the disappointing eighteenth time.

The 33-year-old Vettel made the switch to Aston Martin last winter after six years at Ferrari, which was still called Racing Point last year. His new teammate Lance Stroll set tenth fastest in qualifying.

Verstappen starts on pole

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Max Verstappen has dominated the race weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit so far. The Red Bull Racing driver set the fastest time in all practice and qualifying.

Behind Verstappen, Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas occupy the second and third place on the grid. The Bahrain GP starts at 5 p.m. Dutch time.

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