The German will have as a teammate the Canadian Lance Stroll, 22, whose father Lawrence Stroll owns the team after completing an acquisition of almost US $ 1 billion (about R $ 5.7 billion) last April
The team Aston Martin presented, this Wednesday, 3, his car for the dispute of the season 2021 of Formula 1. The last championship disputed by the team in the main category of motorsport was in 1960. Aston Martin stopped competing in F1 after failing to score any points that year. Returns to the grid with high hopes after signing with the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, owner of 53 wins, but who had a dark last year with Ferrari, with which he only took the podium once in 2020. “I love the history of motorsport and Aston Martin is one of the great names of the past, fun to be part of your return, ”said German Vettel, during the team’s online launch. “I haven’t driven the car yet, obviously, but I think it looks great. I’m really looking forward to getting on the track ”
Vettel will have as his teammate the Canadian Lance Stroll, 22, whose father Lawrence Stroll owns the team after completing an acquisition of almost $ 1 billion (about R $ 5.7 billion) last April. The Silverstone-based team was then renamed Racing Point to Aston Martin and Mexican Sergio Perez – who drove regularly in the season and won the last race last year – was replaced by 33-year-old Vettel. It will be Vettel’s fourth F1 team after starting with Toro Rosso. He won four consecutive titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, before driving Ferrari. In the Italian team, the pilot was not very successful, especially last year, when he finished only 13th in the classification, with 33 points.
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“Although I have been racing for four teams and for many years, starting a new season with a new team still gives me a feeling of enthusiasm,” said the veteran driver. “I have always been motivated and this team has consistently impressed me with what they managed to do without the biggest budgets. So, when they approached me last year, and explained what their ambitions were, I was immediately very motivated to join the team. ”
When Stroll and Vettel enter the grid at the opening GP of the season in Bahrain on March 28, it will be the first time that Aston Martin has been on the grid since Roy Salvadori and Maurice Trintignant have lined up for the 1960 British GP. “Aston Martin returning Formula 1 after a 61-year absence will have a powerful effect on sport, the media and fans, causing global attention, ”said Lawrence Stroll. “Now we have the parts in place, the people and the partners, to achieve real progress. I firmly believe that we have the perfect mix of experience and a young man with Sebastian and Lance. ” The drivers will familiarize themselves with the car in the pre-season tests in Bahrain between 12 and 14 March.
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