Racing Point first had the idea of bringing Sebastian Vettel to their squad when Ferrari announced they would not extend with the four-time world champion in mid-May.
Although Otmar Szafnauer had said on several occasions that the team had contracted drivers and played down the possibility of a change, it soon became clear that Vettel was under serious consideration. But it also took a while for Vettel to decide to commit to the team, as the German wanted to be convinced by Aston Martin's potential as well as his own willingness to continue racing in F1.
"The idea came after Ferrari announced that Sebastian would not be racing there next year and we saw that as an opportunity," Szafnauer tells Mugello.
“Lawrence (Stroll) has a say in what the team does as he is the majority owner, but it was a collective decision at the end of the day. He has other people he's asked for their input, and that 'was a collective decision. "
"We took some time to make the decision between Sergio and Sebastian, which shows as I said how much Sergio's excellent work has marked our minds over the past seven years."
"However, with the arrival of Aston Martin and a bit more financial support behind the team, a new factory at Silverstone, 20% more staff quickly and 45% eventually, we have a much stronger infrastructure in which we are investing to make growth faster. "
"And so a driver like Sebastian, who brings with him the experience of four world championships and 53 Grand Prix victories, can only benefit us. He will help us take the next step that we all need to take in the races. years to come so that we can consistently compete in the top three, four teams. "
The Racing Point manager admitted that the team "lost a little" replacing a driver like Perez, who has been a mainstay of the team since 2014. He also wished the Mexican good luck in his search for another place in F1.
"Sergio knows the team well, he has a lot of experience, he is a tenacious driver on Sunday, he is good in qualifying, rarely makes mistakes, brings in points and if there is a possible podium, he is usually So we're losing a bit, not bad even, and I wish Checo good luck. He deserves to be in Formula 1 and I hope he can find a place elsewhere and we will race against him next year . "