Aston Martin F1 Vehemently Respond to Rumours of Replacing Vettel With Alonso

Published 09/04/2021, 2:35 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


The silly season in Formula One is fully underway. Most of the drivers had already signed contract extensions with their teams before the beginning of the silly season. It looked like Alfa Romeo and Williams were the only teams that had seats vacant. But it looks like Aston Martin might join in on the action.

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Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer stated that although the team is happy with Sebastian Vettel, some reports suggested the team had offered the seat to Fernando Alonso. However, now Aston Martin has poured cold water on such suggestions.

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We like Sebastian Vettel and he likes us: Aston Martin team boss

As reported by Auto Und Motor Sport, the American mentioned the team is very keen to extend Vettel’s contract. But some sources had mentioned that Lawrence Stroll had offered Seb’s seat to Fernando Alonso for the 2022 season. Alonso declined the offer and stayed with Alpine.

“Lawrence Stroll did not offer a drive to Fernando Alonso, as has been reported in some media. Lawrence had lunch with [Alonso’s manager] Flavio Briatore in Sardinia during the summer break.

He and Flavio are friends. They have lunch together in Sardinia many times over many years. It was a social occasion, nothing more.” said Aston Martin team personnel denying Stroll offering a contract to Alonso.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021, Aston Martin team principal and chief executive officer Otmar Szafnauer during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“We have a one-plus-one contract. It stipulates certain dates that we have to decide on. The deadline has not yet been reached,” said Szafnauer on Vettel’s contract.

“There is a time window in which we want to sit down. That is not far away. We like Sebastian and he likes us. Now we have to talk about how it should go next year.” said Otmar.

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The German driver is confident that he will stay in F1 next season

Sebastian Vettel is confident that he will continue his partnership with Aston Martin next season as well. The 4-time world champion joined the Silverstone-based outfit this season after being dropped by Ferrari.

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“Yes, I think so,” said Vettel on if he will be on-grid next season.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard

“I’m not following the driver’s market that much now. As far as my position is concerned, everything is clear so far,” said Vettel on his contract for the 2022 season.

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The German driver would be hoping to sign the contract as soon as possible to extend his stay in Formula One.

Will Vettel stay with Aston Martin in 2022? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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