10 September 2020
Vettel confirmed at Racing Point
Racing Point has confirmed that Sebastian Vettel will be joining the team next year - when it will be rebranded as Aston Martin - for a multi-year contract. It has been clear for a long time that the team's statements about keeping Sergio Perez were hollow and not to be taken at face value, and the announcement last night that Perez was departing underscored the point. The announcement of Vettel was just a matter of time after that.
“Everybody at Silverstone is hugely excited by this news," said team boss Otmar Szafnauer. "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.”
Sergio Perez might disagree with that assessment but he has been handsomely paid off and is now presumably waiting for an announcement of a drive elsewhere.
“I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future," said Vettel. "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.”