Sebastian Vettel has signed for Aston Martin racing from the 2021 Formula 1 season.
Sebastian Vettel is leaving Ferrari after the current season, which has been hugely disappointing for the team. Four-times world champion with Red Bull, Vettel will partner with Lance Stroll, a current Racing Point driver and the son of team’s co-owner Lawrence Stroll.
“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.The signing of Sebastian is a clear statement of the team’s ambition to establish itself as one of the most competitive names in the sport”, a statement said.
CONFIRMED: Four-time @F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel signs up for 2021 and beyond 🖋️
— BWT Racing Point F1 Team (@RacingPointF1) September 10, 2020
”As a four-time World Champion, Sebastian brings a fresh 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.”
The announcement comes just a day after Sergio Perez announced that he will be leaving at the end of the season. “Everything in life always has a beginning and an end and after seven years together my time with the team will come to an end after the season,” said Pérez, who played a key role in keeping Racing Point (then Force India) from going out of business in 2018.
Vettel stands as a 53-time race winner, putting him third on the all-time list of Grand Prix victors with a further 67 podium finishes to his name.
“I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future. I’m extremely proud to say that I will become an Aston Martin driver in 2021.It’s a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company. I have been impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I believe the future looks even brighter.”
“The energy and commitment of Lawrence [Stroll] to the sport is inspiring and I believe we can build something very special together.I still have so much love for Formula 1 and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid. To do so with Aston Martin will be a huge privilege”, Vettel said.
Having claimed four consecutive titles with Red Bull Racing between 2010 – 2013 and multiple Grands Prix victories with Scuderia Ferrari in the years since, Sebastian’s experience and leadership qualities will surely help the newly formed Aston Martin racing and a very exciting F1 season is in the makings.
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