Former world champion and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel confirms his joining with the renamed Aston Martin team in Formula 1 in 2021. According to a report in BBC, the 33-year-old is moving to the squad currently known as Racing Point.
The four-time world champion was earlier associated with Ferrari. He cleared the air on his transfer after the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer refused to offer Vettel a new contract.
The German replaces Mexican racing driver Sergio Perez, who announced his exit on Wednesday.
“I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future. It’s an extreme pride 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 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,” said the German.
Otmar Szafnauer shares his excitement
Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said the team was ‘hugely excited’ by the news.
“Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our 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,” mentioned Otmar.