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In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel praises Haas junior driver Mick Schumacher’s work ethic.

In brief

Schumacher the ‘first in and last out’ of the paddock – Vettel

Vettel says he was impressed with Schumacher’s commitment to his Haas team during his rookie season in Formula 1.

Schumacher endured a difficult rookie year in a car which was the slowest on the grid in large part due to no development being undertaken on the team’s 2021 car. Vettel says despite going scoreless, Schumacher’s work ethic impressed him.

“I think the offset from the start of the season for that team was poor because they had no development and they were far behind,” Vettel said.

“But I think we should look throughout the year. Mick’s been very happy, enthusiastic and happy to put work in, and he’s been one of the first ones, if not the first ones, every single day to come to the paddock and one of the latest ones to leave, and showing huge interest in trying to push the team along.

“Apart from the job on track that he did, apart from some maybe small mistakes that happened in your first year, I think he’s done a great job. So I really wish that he gets a much better car next year to show what he’s able to do.”

Fiery crash at resurfaced Albert Park leaves three in hospital

Three people were taken to hospital after a stolen car crashed into a tree at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

According to Australia’s 7News, the stolen car was being driven through Lakeside Drive before losing control on a patch of road recently resurfaced ahead of the upcoming Australian Grand Prix. The car caught fire before the three occupants were rescued and taken to hospital.

Lakeside Drive runs along the lake that the Albert Park circuit encompasses and forms the end of the second sector before the high-speed chicane. The roads that make up the circuit have been heavily modified in recent months in order to make the track faster and encourage racing on F1’s scheduled return on April 10.

The Australian Grand Prix was cancelled for the last two years in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2020 race was called off on the first scheduled day of practice after members of the McLaren team were found to have tested positive for the virus.

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