Driven out by the Ferrari team, which prefers to bet on the young Charles Leclerc, the German driver Sebastian Vettel will be in 2021 at Aston Martin (now Racing Point). Quadruple F1 world champion, between 2010 and 2013 while racing with Red Bull, he never managed to extend his dominance on the circuit during his six years with the Italian firm.
Between retirements, off the road and criticism of the management of the Scuderia, Sebastian Vettel's current season in the Italian team is proving particularly difficult. Notably due to a car that did not live up to expectations.
Ferrari has never been able to match Mercedes' level since the introduction of hybrid engines to F1 in 2014 and Sebastian Vettel, recruited in 2015, had to let Lewis Hamilton collect the honors. Before the 9th round of the championship at Mugello (Italy) this weekend, the German driver occupies 13th place in the world championship standings.
At 33, he launched a new challenge by signing for a team which has not yet won a Grand Prix, but which, thanks to the means of its owner, the Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, intends to achieve it and be part of the three best of the plateau.
Equipped with Mercedes engines, the team enjoys close collaboration with the German brand, as illustrated by the recent case of the brake ducts. Several competing teams have accused Racing Point of having copied, if not illegally obtained, designs of these essential parts for braking and aerodynamic balance in cars.
"Sebastian's signing is a clear signal of the team's ambitions to become one of the discipline's most serious competitors", said Racing Point when announcing the arrival of its new driver on Thursday.
The team had revealed the day before that the contract of Mexican Sergio Pérez would not be renewed from next year, paving the way for the arrival of Sebastian Vettel. “I’m very proud to become an Aston Martin driver in 2021. It’s a new adventure for me with a legendary brand. I am impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I think the future will be even better ", said Vettel, quoted in the press release.