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Official: Vettel to join Aston Martin in 2021

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10/09/2020

Racing Point has confirmed that Sebastian Vettel will partner Lance Stroll next season when the team becomes Aston Martin

Ahead of Aston Martin's return to the Formula 1 grid, the signing of Vettel 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, Sebastian brings a fresh mind-set to the team," reads the official announcement. "He is one of the most accomplished and respected drivers in world motorsport and knows what it takes to win at the highest level.

"At the time of writing, he 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.

"His qualifying speed is equally impressive, starting on the front row of the grid 101 times throughout his career to date - 57 of which were from pole position.

"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 make him the perfect driver to help the team achieve its ambitions.

"Everybody at Silverstone is hugely excited by this new,2 said Otmar Szafnauer. "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."

"I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future," added Vettel. "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."

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1. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 10/09/2020 18:29

"Vettel is better suited to represent the AM brand than Perez. There's only one or two AM dealers in Mexico and only a few total in all of Latin America. Vettel sells a lot merchandise and is a better ambassador for AM. "

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2. Posted by Rock Doc, 10/09/2020 16:42

"May be he will get his mojo back now that he has a team mate he can easily beat again."

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3. Posted by Prime minster, 10/09/2020 15:51

"Tomar Szafnauer has made the biggest mistake in his career by signing Better for racing points team. He was on a winner with Sergio Perez . All i see now is formula one going backwards and massive lost in the TV ratings .

Better the wrong person for racing point but money talks ."

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4. Posted by Hobgoblin, 10/09/2020 13:14

"Otmar Szafnauer. "Sebastian is a proven champion ... I can't think of a better driver to help take us into this new era."

err...
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5. Posted by Simon in Adelaide, 10/09/2020 12:57

"Well I never saw that coming :)
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6. Posted by Jet Jockey, 10/09/2020 12:07

"Fell bad for Perez but as usual F1 can be ruthless.

I hope Vettel comes back from the dead and gets re-inspired by the new team and goes on to be faster than next year's Ferraris."

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7. Posted by Nortim, 10/09/2020 12:00

"Now he can spin the Tracing Pointless. Good driver, but I feel he lost it all in Ferrari and I doubt he will be any better in RP. But maybe he will prove me wrong. Unfair to Perez, but that's F1 as usual....."

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