Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is set to join the Aston Martin squad, named in Formula 1 next year.
Aston Martin said Vettel’s signing was “a clear statement of the team’s aspirations” to establish itself up front.
“It’s a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company,” says Vettel. Replace Sergio Perez.
A statement from Aston Martin stated that Vettel had signed “2021 and beyond” but did not confirm the length of the agreement.
Generally, it would be expected that the Germans would sign a three-year contract.
Vettel said: “I am very proud to be an Aston Martin driver in 2021.
“I am impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I believe the future looks brighter.
“Lawrence’s strength and commitment [Stroll, the owner] Inspiring in sports and I believe we can create something very special together.
“I still have so much love for Formula 1 and my only motivation is to run to the front of the grid. Doing this with Aston Martin would be a huge opportunity.”
Team principal Otmar Sajafnaur said the team was “extremely excited” to receive the news.
“Sebastian brings a proven champion and a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as the Aston Martin F1 team,” he said.
“Sebastian is one of the best in the world on Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and I can’t think of a better driver to take us into this new era. He will play a key role in taking this team to the next level. Level.”
Fame for establishing and restoring
Racing Point took a huge leap forward in 2020 with the third-fastest car on the grid – although they have been controversial for copying the 2019 Mercedes.
Last month they illegally copied Mercedes’ 2019 brake pipes and were fined 15 points and 400,000 euros for using them in their 2020 cars. The lawsuit was settled out of court next season, with the goal of never having a wholesale copy of a team car.
Vettel is one of the most successful drivers in F1 history.
His 53-race victory has surpassed only Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, and only Schumacher, Hamilton and Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fungi have won more titles than him.
Aston Martin’s name is entering the F1 next year after both Redding Point and the famous sports car company took over Canadian billionaire businessman Stroll.
The 61-year-old rescued the F1 from the administration in 2018 and took over Aston Martin earlier this year, having been leaning from one financial crisis to another for some time.
The Stroll has made its fortune in fashion but has a lifetime attraction with the F1 and has a huge collection of classic cars.
Perez’s contract needs to be canceled for Vettel to sign. The Mexican, who brought money to the team from his financial backers, signed a deal with Racing Point late last fall 2022.
But Ferrari’s decision to join Ferrari before the start of the season changed the landscape of the driver’s market, and the troll saw it as a great opportunity to sign him.
However, after three difficult years at Ferrari, Vettel’s reputation is not what it used to be.
Vettel won four titles in a row with the Red Bull from 2010-13 and joined Ferrari in 2015, a year after he was defeated by his new teammate Daniel Ricardo.
Vettel helped build the Ferrari until they were title contenders in both 2017 and 2018 against Hamilton and Mercedes, but each year they fell short, partly due to a driver error.
These continued in 2019, when he joined the team of high-profile Charles Lecler.
Like Richardo, Lacark defeated Vettel with the team in his first season, although the senior man started the year as the team’s official number one.
Leclerc has gained more pole positions, Vettel, who has often qualified in other ways, has often won more races and gained more points.
In addition, the two drivers had one flashpoint after another in the fight for supremacy and in the end they crashed together at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Ferrari decided to be committed to Leclerc as the leader of their team and sees Vettel as a proud and successful champion, very embarrassing. So they decided not to compromise with him and instead signed Spaniard Carlos Sanz.
For example, Vettel will become Aston Martin after a massive coup d’tat for a team originally founded as Jordan in 191, with Vettel also having the opportunity to rebuild his reputation in a new environment.