By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
The worst kept secret in recent memory has finally been unveiled as Sebastian Vettel has found a new home in Aston Martin for next season and beyond.
Just a day removed from the Silverstone based team announcing the departure of eight-time Formula 1 podium finisher Sergio Perez, the four-time champion will head to his fifth team of his racing career after spending six seasons at Scuderia Ferrari, where he’s won 14 races.
Ironically, Thursday’s announcement comes the day before the Tuscan Grand Prix weekend commences which will mark the Italian race team’s 1000th grand prix. With this announcement, it’ll certainly steal a lot of the headlines and buzz if it hasn’t already.
Now with Vettel’s location confirmed for next season, it solves another piece of the puzzle on what’s been a wild silly season in F1 that began in May when he wouldn’t be welcomed back at Ferrari after this season.
“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,” said Vettel in a press release.
“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.”
While Vettel’s 2020 campaign has been disastrous with zero podiums and ranked 13th in the drivers’ championship standings, it hasn’t discouraged Racing Point’s CEO & Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer, who still thinks the 53-time grand prix winner is an elite racer that’ll make the rebranded Aston Martin F1 Team a force to be reckoned with.
“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,” said Szafnauer.
“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.”