Latest reports suggest that new Aston Martin F1 driver Sebastian Vettel is putting up eight of his treasured cars for sale. Among the catalogue of cars being sold, the most eye-catching thing is the fact that Vettel is parting ways some of his rare Ferrari sports cars.
For anyone who knows Vettel, the four-time world champion is a lover of cars. It seems hard to fathom why Sebastian would want to part with some of his cars from his wonderful collection. However, the news was confirmed by Vettel’s PR manager, Britta Roeske.
Since Vettel has declined to publicly comment on why he is doing so, multiple rumors have sprouted that depict Aston Martin in a bad light. Some rumors suggest that Vettel is being forced to sell his cars due to a deal with his new team that only wants him to drive British-manufactured cars in the future.
However, these rumors were refuted by Aston Martin.
German publication Auto Motor und Sport captures Aston Martin saying, “We are not aware of any plans from Sebastian regarding his car collection and we have not made any demands in this regard.”
Most probably the ex-Ferrari driver is only selling the cars that he doesn’t intend to use on a regular basis. Or perhaps he may just be clearing some space for newer purchases.
The eight cars being sold include five Ferraris (Enzo, La Ferrari, F50, 458 Special and, the F12 TDF). The other brands include Mercedes (SLS, SL65 AMG black series) and a solitary BMW Z8. Tom Hartley Jr, a British luxury-car seller, will be selling these beauties.
Coning to on track matters, another car Vettel would have been glad to have gotten rid of was the Ferrari SF1000. Driving that lackluster car, Vettel endured one of his worst seasons in F1.
However, there is of course optimism surrounding his new machine. The Mercedes powered Aston Martin should give him a much better chance to fight for podiums. Team boss Otmar Szafnauer claims that Sebastian isn’t lacking self-confidence despite his horror showing last year.
Fans will hope that Otmar is right and that they get to witness a reignited Vettel live up to his reputation of being a four-time world champion.