Sebastian Vettel (33) has officially signed a deal with the Racing Point Formula One team, which will rebrand as Aston Martin in 2021. As many of us would remember, the four-time world champion announced his departure from Ferrari before the start of this season. This set off multiple rumors and speculations, and left many fans of the sport wondering whether the German was considering an early retirement. However, after Renault’s deal with Fernando Alonso became official, Racing Point seemed to be Vettel’s best option for staying in Formula One as a driver.
On the other hand, many remained skeptical about Vettel’s chances with Racing Point because both of their current drivers had contracts at least until 2022. Just yesterday, however, Sergio Perez officially announced his departure from the team after the end of this season, which again brought up the conversation around Sebastian Vettel’s future. Nevertheless, Vettel clearly wants to keep on racing, and he wants that experience to be shared with another top-notch team. Although Racing Point are yet to score a race victory or win a championship, the upcoming Aston Martin switch makes a bold statement regarding the team’s current ambitions.
Here is what Sebastian had to say about this new chapter in his life:
“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.”
“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.”
Sebastian Vettel debuted in Formula One in 2007 (midseason) with BMW Sauber, and switched to Torro Rosso later that year. In 2008 Vettel won the Italian GP on Monza with Torro Rosso, becoming the youngest polesitter and race winer at the time. His career really took off after his Red Bull promotion in 2009. Vettel won 4 consecutive championships (2010-2013) with Red Bull, before his switch to Ferrari in 2015. Sebastian Vettel has achieved a total of 57 pole positions, 53 race victories and 120 podiums throughout his 14-year-long Formula One career.
Vettel will be partnering with Lance Stroll for the 2021 F1 season.
SkullKing Sports wishes Sebastian a smooth transition to his new racing family. And for those who expressed concerns, it does not look like Formula One will be left without a German driver anytime soon!