Former world champion Sebastian Vettel has signed for the renamed Aston Martin staff for the 2021 season “and past”, the formidable British System One outfit introduced Thursday. The 33-year-old German received 4 consecutive titles from 2010 to 2013 with Pink Bull earlier than becoming a member of Ferrari, however the Italian staff has not renewed his contract. Signing Vettel was “a transparent sign” to the racing world, stated Racing Level, which can take the Aston Martin identify subsequent 12 months after Canadian billionaire proprietor Lawrence Stroll’s funding within the British model.
Vettel will drive alongside Stroll’s son Lance and exchange Mexican driver Sergio Perez who introduced on Wednesday he’ll depart Racing Level on the finish of the season.
“It is a new journey for me with a very legendary automotive firm. I’ve been impressed with the outcomes the staff has achieved this 12 months and I imagine the longer term seems even brighter,” stated Vettel.
“The power and dedication of Lawrence (Stroll) to the game is inspiring and I imagine we are able to construct one thing very particular collectively.”
He added: “I nonetheless have a lot love for System 1 and my solely motivation is to race on the entrance of the grid. To take action with Aston Martin might be an enormous privilege.”
Vettel has spent six seasons with the Italian staff with out repeating his title-winning heroics at Pink Bull.
This time period has proved significantly troublesome with Vettel sinking to 13th place within the championship forward of Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello in Italy.
The final of Vettel’s 53 victories — the third most in F1 historical past — got here on the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix. Solely Michael Schumacher (91) and Lewis Hamilton (89) have received extra races.
Vettel has additionally completed on the rostrum an extra 67 instances.
“All people at Silverstone is vastly excited by this information. Sebastian is a confirmed champion and brings a profitable mentality that matches our personal ambitions for the longer term as Aston Martin F1 Workforce,” stated staff principal Otmar Szafnauer.
“On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, Sebastian is without doubt one of the finest on the planet, and I can not consider a greater driver to assist take us into this new period. He’ll play a major function in taking this staff to the following degree.”
Racing Level’s present season has been marred by controversy with accusations that they had copied Mercedes’ brake ducts.
On Sunday, Racing Level dropped their enchantment towards a 15-point deduction and 400,000-euro ($472,000) effective.
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