Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel has agreed to join Aston Martin (next year’s name for the current team, Racing Point) for the 2021 season after Sergio Perez announced his departure from the team yesterday. While no set time has been established, Vettel will drive for them for “2021 and beyond.”
“The signing of Sebastian is a clear statement of the team’s ambition to establish itself as one of the most competitive names in the sport,” said Racing Point.
Racing Point will transition into the name, Aston Martin, next season as the co-owner of the team, Lawrence Stroll, bought stakes in the company earlier this year.
They have found success this season as they are fourth in constructor points behind Mercedes, Red Bull Racing and McLaren. Lance Stroll, Lawrence’s son, is fourth in the driver’s standings with 57 points while Sergio Perez, who missed the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix due to a positive COVID-19 test, is 11th with 34 points.
Vettel joins the team after a rough season for Ferrari so far in 2020. Vettel is 13th in the driver’s standings with 16 points. He crashed out of the Styrian Grand Prix, Italian Grand Prix last weekend, and has only finished in the top 10 in half the races in 2020 (eight).
“It’s a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company,” said Vettel. “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 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.”
Vettel will be replaced by Carlos Sainz, who finished second last weekend at Monza, alongside Charles Leclerc at Ferrari. Vettel, who has rumored to have considered retirement, is looking for a fresh start after a less than stellar 2020 with the Ferrari team so far, and with Stroll’s podium last weekend, Racing Point is treading in the right direction.