After six long and fluctuating seasons spent in Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel in this 2021 he upset his sporting life by accepting the challenge proposed by theAston Martin. The team of Lawrence Stroll, ‘heir’ of Racing Point, is at the beginning of a new path and aims to reach the top of F1 within five years. A demanding mission for a driver like the German, who is in the final part of his career. The four-time world champion’s season so far hasn’t been easy and he has once again faced many ups and downs. Stroll senior, however, is convinced that the former man-symbol of the Prancing Horse is the right person to ‘lead’ the team in these long-term goals.
“The meeting between me and Sebastian was perfect for both of us – said the Canadian manager, interviewed in the official F1 podcast, Beyond The Grid – we have known each other for a while and he understands my passion and my plans for the team very well. The transformation of the Aston Martin is not just in the name. This is a transformation that goes in the direction the business is going. We are recruiting over 250 new employees. There is not only quantity, but also quality. All of this is done to lead Aston Martin to win the world championship. It is a journey. A journey that cannot last a week, a month or even a year. It will last several years and Sebastian wants to be part of this journey, he wants to be an avant-garde “.
Stroll’s plan transcends the runway and is to closely tie the British brand to a beloved and recognizable figure such as that of the Heppenheim native. “Obviously having a four-time world champion is important for the experience it can bring to a new team that has never won. Sebastian wanted to be with us from the start and I hope he can stay with us forever, also as an ambassador. He is a wonderful person and a true gentleman. We share the same vision, which is to do the best possible “.
Many have linked the problems experienced by Vettel in his last year as a Ferrari driver to the media pressure and not only that the Italian team inevitably carries with it. Stroll agrees and is also convinced that Aston Martin can become the “new big “ of the Circus. “We all know what Ferrari is. He certainly likes to have less pressure. The feeling of many is that we will be the ‘next big ones’ in F1. Sebastian told me too, a couple of weeks ago. The feeling in the paddock is that “he concluded.