This week the Tuscan Grand Prix will take place at the Mugello Circuit. The on-track action starts on Friday, however, the news have started earlier. On Wednesday, the Mexican driver, Sergio Perez, announced his departure from Racing Point and this has brought quite a controversy since that same day, Otmar Szafnauer commented that their drivers had already been confirmed for several months, and the rumour of the entry of Sebastian Vettel to this team had started to circulate a few weeks ago, indeed, no more than 2 months. The main trigger for all these changes in the driver market was the departure of the four-time world champion, Ferrari. No further preamble is needed as Racing Point confirmed today that Sebastian Vettel will be part of Aston Martin from next season onwards.
The British-Canadian team has announced that the four-time world champion will be Lance Stroll’s teammate. The controversy has not been left behind since the owner of the team - Lawrence Stroll - is Lance's father and, although the Canadian driver has not given as good results as Sergio, Stroll has remained in the team. It should be noted that Checo has been the team's most successful driver, however Stroll's duo with Vettel appears to be very promising. The talent and experience that the German driver has can serve as a mentor for Lance as well as Racing Point. His 4 world championships show that Sebastian has the spirit of a winning driver and knows the way to the top, which can be of great help to Aston Martin. As an additional information and to avoid confusion, we have to remember that this will be the last season of Racing Point with that name since from the 2021 season, Lawrence Stroll's team will change its name to Aston Martin.
Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal, BWT Racing Point F1 Team:
“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.”
“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.”
Let's hope Sebastian Vettel has a bright future with Aston Martin after 6 years with Ferrari, on the other hand, let's hope Checo can find a seat to stay in Formula 1. Could it have been a wise decision by Stroll and Vettel himself?