Sebastian Vettel to Aston Martin in 2021

It has been confirmed that Sebastian Vettel has signed a multi-year agreement with Aston Martin.
  • The news comes in the wake of Sergio Pérez announcing his departure from the team that will become Aston Martin next season.
  • The four-time world champion will join the current Racing Point team after being released by Ferrari.
  • Lawrence Stroll's bid to bring Aston Martin to the front of the grid has seemingly stepped up a gear after attracting the signature of a world champion.

It had been rumoured since Sebastian Vettel's departure from Ferrari was confirmed, that Lawrence Stroll had his eye on bringing the German to his team, to lead them into a new era as they take on the Aston Martin name.

With last night's news that Sergio Pérez would be departing the team at the end of this season, it all but confirmed these suspicions. While no contract length has been made public, the official announcement stated that Vettel had committed for "2021 and beyond."

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After a tough few seasons with Ferrari, Vettel seemed buoyed by the new project:

“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.”
The move is a massive statement from Aston Martin, with the Silverstone-based team no doubt eager to challenge for the top three next season. Vettel's new boss, Otmar Szafnauer is optimistic that the German, who has won 53 races, will be able to help them take the next step forward:

“Everybody at Silverstone is hugely excited by this news. Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as Aston Martin F1 Team.
"On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, Sebastian is one of the best in the world, and I can’t think of a better driver to help take us into this new era. He will play a significant role in taking this team to the next level.”
While Vettel was unable to emulate his hero, Michael Schumacher's achievements in leading Ferrari back to world championships, it is great that he will still be on the grid next season after being dropped by the Scuderia. He is a great character and the sport would have been a lesser place without him.

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It remains to be seen whether the incumbent, Sergio Pérez will find a new drive ahead of next season. Since his announcement yesterday, he has made it known that he "was surprised" by the decision, after receiving a phone call from Lawrence Stroll the same day:

“I got a call from Lawrence...He called me yesterday, that they were going into another direction.
“In the end they just officially told me yesterday that I am not continuing. I didn’t expect that. But it’s how it is.”
With this most recent driver confirmation, the grid for next season has begun to take shape. It is widely expected that Canadian, Lance Stroll will partner Vettel in 2021. With Hamilton likely to extend his relationship with Mercedes, seats realistically only remain with Alfa Romeo and Haas.

With his future in Formula One sorted, Vettel can enjoy celebrating his current team's 1000th race in the sport, barely 100km away from their home of Maranello.

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eco2006

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I am done with Vettel since Azerbaijan 2017, i still dont get why this subject was just dropped and he got no penalty. But his action there already showed how easily he gets frustrated when not driving the overpowered car and/or is just losing. Still im looking forward to see him with a new teammate and how he compares. :whistling:
 

Scottt

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Not a bad move for Vettel. RP has been trending better than Ferrari and he moves from the number 2 to the number 1. Although having an owner's son as your teammate isn't ideal.

It's a better landing spot than Haas and Alfa. Not to mention getting away from Ferrari should serve him well.
 

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I am done with Vettel since Azerbaijan 2017, i still dont get why this subject was just dropped and he got no penalty. But his action there already showed how easily he gets frustrated when not driving the overpowered car and/or is just losing. Still im looking forward to see him with a new teammate and how he compares. :whistling:
Ummm he was penalized a 10 second stop and go during the race which is the max penalty during the race plus he was docked 3 points on his super license.
 

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Not a bad move for Vettel. RP has been trending better than Ferrari and he moves from the number 2 to the number 1. Although having an owner's son as your teammate isn't ideal.

It's a better landing spot than Haas and Alfa. Not to mention getting away from Ferrari should serve him well.
Speaking from experience, there is no greater critic than your parents. I once got 97 in math and my father's only reply was "why didn't you get 100%"
For the sake of Aston Martin, it's shareholders and beyond, Lance will have to step up but I know that if the team says move over for Vettel, he will or Sunday night dinner won't be something to look forward to. I am a big fan of Checo but he and Ocon squabbled all the time and ignored the team's wishes. That might have been an issue with Vettel teaming Perez. I don't think it will be with Lance.
 

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But his action there already showed how easily he gets frustrated when not driving the overpowered car and/or is just losing.
that goes for Hamilton atleast to the same extent.
Bono my tires! while driving a car that is so far ahead of the rest.

and remember his Mclaren years when he was a whiny baby all the time, wanting to retire cars etc.

these guys have above average careers and for them not being at the top for a couple of races can be extremely demotivating.

Or who are you kidding which driver would be happy to be treated like Vettel this year has by Ferrari? strategies to on purpose destroy any chance of a good result? not to mention the engine.



btw, Vettel got a 10 second penalty for his action in Baku, they didnt let him off the hook.
 

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Ummm he was penalized a 10 second stop and go during the race which is the max penalty during the race plus he was docked 3 points on his super license.
License points are not really a penalty and a 10 second stop and go is a joke after deliberately driving into another car behind the safety car from my understanding. But i think that incident has just shown how he really is behind his joking and being the nice guy. That was the point i was trying to make.
 
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Speaking from experience, there is no greater critic than your parents. I once got 97 in math and my father's only reply was "why didn't you get 100%"
For the sake of Aston Martin, it's shareholders and beyond, Lance will have to step up but I know that if the team says move over for Vettel, he will or Sunday night dinner won't be something to look forward to. I am a big fan of Checo but he and Ocon squabbled all the time and ignored the team's wishes. That might have been an issue with Vettel teaming Perez. I don't think it will be with Lance.
I think this depends on the parent. Some parents are hardest on their own kids; some would rather cut off their own leg than criticize their child.

But I'd imagine Lawerence is more likely than most owners to give Lance an equal or better footing to the #1. Especially considering Lawrence essentially bought the team so his son could have a seat. And I don't fault either of the Strolls; it's their money and I'm sure if I was an up and coming driver and my family's money/connections could help; I'd be a fool for not taking that help.
 
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Scottt

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that goes for Hamilton atleast to the same extent.
Bono my tires! while driving a car that is so far ahead of the rest.

and remember his Mclaren years when he was a whiny baby all the time, wanting to retire cars etc.

these guys have above average careers and for them not being at the top for a couple of races can be extremely demotivating.

Or who are you kidding which driver would be happy to be treated like Vettel this year has by Ferrari? strategies to on purpose destroy any chance of a good result? not to mention the engine.
I think that's part of it; but it's also that these guys are unimaginably competitive, they can't be as successful as they've been without being that competitive. You can call it whinny, but at the end of the day they want the best of everyone and everything that can help them win races. And once they've had some success they know they can demand that. I'm sure Russell and Kubica were unimaginably frustrated with Williams last year; but they know they haven't earned the right to complain.

Meanwhile, you saw Alonso openly bitch about McLaren and Honda a few years before.
 

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I expect Aston Martin will release a Limited Edition Vettel spec DBX with his name stitched into the seats and some tweaks to the suspension and then release a press video of him doing kung fu - Oh hang on that's already been done by Infiniti :roflmao:

 

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License points are not really a penalty and a 10 second stop and go is a joke after deliberately driving into another car behind the safety car from my understanding. But i think that incident has just shown how he really is behind his joking and being the nice guy. That was the point i was trying to make.
That depends on whether you think it was intentional. As much as I am not a fan of Vettel, I don't think he made contact on purpose. It looks to me like he was entirely caught up in showing his frustration by accelerating alongside and raising his arm at Lewis that he didn't control the car well enough. Still a dumb move motivated by anger. I believe the rules do allow for larger penalties, especially in the case of purposeful contact, but intent is hard to prove for this one.

Lots of race drivers are genuinely nice off the track and genuinely mean, grumpy, whiny, etc when competing. Sports have brought that out in me at times too. I don't think incidents like this prove that Vettel isn't a nice guy, just that he isn't a nice driver
 

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Obvious stuff. 4-time DC and all that, although hasn't looked like that for quite a while now.
 

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Stroll Jnr looking for a seat, daddy buys Force India in a move instigated my Perez. 100s of jobs saved at Force India thanks to Perez. Rumoured 70 plus million a year in sponsorship brought in by Perez. Vetel the whiner needs a seat, daddy's not letting son go, bye bye Perez. After 7 years of loyalty and pretty much saving the team he deserves better than that. I hope he finds a drive with a team that's worthy of him and stuffs it to Racing Point, that would be sweet.