“Aston Martin Made a Mistake in Signing Him”: Former F1 Team Boss Throws Shade at Sebastian Vettel

Published 01/16/2021, 2:24 PM EST
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


The 2021 F1 season has a lot to offer, even if Mercedes‘ dominance will still likely prevail. Fans are eagerly awaiting to see the rebranded Aston Martin and Alpine F1 in the paddock. And more importantly, their drivers Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

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While Alonso is returning after a 2-year sabbatical, Vettel will have a fresh start after his torrid stint with Ferrari. On the surface, Vettel’s signature looks like a masterstroke from Lawrence Stroll. He brings a wealth of experience as a 4-time World Champion.

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However, a certain enigmatic Briton is not so convinced. And the person in question is none other than Eddie Jordan, whose sharp tongue backs his blunt nature. He went as far as suggesting that the 007 Brand committed a grave error.

“I like him (Vettel) a lot, but I think Aston Martin made a mistake in signing him. The last two years against Leclerc at Ferrari have been pathetic.

” I don’t know why he looked so bad; he won four world titles. But I think it’s over its zenith. In any case, I would have kept Perez,” said Jordan.

Aston Martin’s loss is Red Bull’s gain

Though he is not sold on Vettel, he is not backing down from his fandom of Sergio Perez. The Mexican will be behind the wheels of Red Bull next season. And that, Jordan opines, is the right call from Christian Horner & Co.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with the Mexican flag after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Perez is a great driver who, especially in the race, will do what Red Bull expects of him: being close enough to Max to be able to put pressure on Mercedes with two cars. His predecessor Alex Albon was never able to do that.”

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Is Jordan right about Sebastian Vettel?

Go big or go home. That’s the approach that makes anyone with big dreams successful. And F1 is no different. While the signing of Vettel presents some risk, the return is even bigger.

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 22: Owner of Racing Point Lawrence Stroll and Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point walks in the Paddock before final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Aston Martin aspire to be at the pinnacle of F1. With Vettel in their corner, he will not only improve their on-track performances through his sheer speed, but also help in the overall development of the car. Not to forget the marketing potential and fanbase that he brings with him.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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