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Sebastian Vettel helps Aston Martin mechanics rebuild car after practice smash

Guilty F1 star Sebastian Vettel turned mechanic after pranging his Aston Martin ahead of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vetted confirmed ahead of the weekend this would be his final season in F1 as he wants to spend more time with his family and pursue his other interests away from the sport.

With just 10 races left, the veteran is determined to end his 15-year-old on a high, starting at the Hungaroring this weekend. However, he gave himself and his team a mountain to climb even before qualifying after crashing during the wet final practice session.

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Vettel slid off the greasy track and slammed into a barrier, damaging the updated rear wing on his Aston Martin. With just two hours between practice and qualifying, the team had a job on their hands to get the car ready for Q1, so Vettel decided to get his hands dirty and help out.

Sky Sports F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz was on the scene, saying: “Sebastian Vettel is very much of the school thought of, ‘if you bend it, you mend it’.

“And after bending his Aston Martin quite considerably in free practice three, he’s been lending a hand wherever he can, whether that’s holding some hydraulic lines, getting some spare parts. Now he’s not coming back at the end of this year, every session matters to him.”

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Sadly, the effort didn’t pay off as Vettel failed to progress beyond Q1 and will start a lowly 18th on the grid, unless any of the drivers ahead of him incur engine penalties and drop to the back.

The other drivers to fail to progress were Yuki Tsunoda, Alexander Albon, Pierre Gasly and Nicholas Latifi. Vettel’s Aston Martin teammate, Lance Stroll, squeezed into Q2 with the 15th time fastest time of Q1.

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