The German Sebastian Vettel, four times Formula One world champion, will race next season with the Aston Martin F1 Team, previously Racing point, as confirmed this Thursday by the British team in a statement. Vettel, whose steering wheel in Ferrari will be occupied next season by the Madrid Carlos Sainz, will replace the Mexican Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez, who the day before had announced that he would leave the British team.
“Ahead of Aston Martin’s long-awaited return to the Formula 1 grid in 2021, we are delighted to confirm that four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has signed up to join the team,” said the statement from the Aston Martin F1 Team.
The signing of VettelThe 33-year-old is a clear statement of the team’s ambition to establish itself as one of the most competitive names in the sport.
As a four-time world champion, Vettel brings a new mindset to the team. He is one of the most accomplished and respected drivers in world motorsport and knows what it takes to win at the highest level.
With 53 victories, the German is third on the list of all-time Grand Prix winners and has 67 more podiums to his credit. Vettel has also achieved 57 poles and 38 fastest laps throughout his career.
Sebastian Vettel won four consecutive world titles with Red bull racing between 2010 and 2013 and multiple Grand Prix victories with Ferrari in later years.
“Sebastian’s experience and leadership qualities make him the perfect driver to help the team achieve its ambitions,” said the statement from the Aston Martin F1 Team.
Otmar Szafnauer, CEO and team director, said that “everyone at Silverstone is very excited about this news. Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as the Aston Martin F1 Team. ”
“On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, Sebastián is one of the best in the world, and I can’t think of a better driver to help us take us into this new era. He will play an important role in taking this team to the next level, ”he added.
The statement released by the Aston Martin F1 Team also includes statements of Sebastian Vettel. “I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future. I am extremely proud to say that I will become an Aston Martin driver in 2021. It is a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company. I am impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I think the future looks even brighter, ”said the German.
Vettel will partner with the 21-year-old Canadian Lawrence Stroll. “Lawrence’s energy and commitment to sport is inspiring and I believe that together we can build something very special,” he says. Vettel, who adds that “I still have a lot of love for Formula 1 and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid. Doing it with Aston Martin will be a great privilege ”.