It came as a shock of sorts when Ferrari decided to desist from continuing with Sebastian Vettel for 2021. There was a feeling that the German would no longer continue in the sport. And a sabbatical, or retirement altogether, were very genuine options.
But as the rumors mill churned, Vettel and Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll continued with their reported negotiations. Ultimately, the development was revealed, and the 4-time World Champion was quite happy about it as well.
Fans of Vettel can now continue watching him in F1, for a few more years at least. And the current Ferrari driver has talked about Lawrence Stroll and how the negotiations went on with him behind the scenes.
Speaking in an interview, Vettel stated, “He is a very successful man in business, he has shown that he can make the right decisions. The negotiations were direct and honest right from the start.” (translated from Google Translate)
Considering Lance Stroll was always a permanent face on the drivers’ lineup, it was Sergio Perez who has had to make way. But Vettel is looking forward to working with the young Canadian racer, who could benefit from the 33-year-old’s mentorship.
“It is a special situation, my partner will be my son Lance. We are all very motivated,” concluded Vettel on the subject. (translated from Google Translate)
The move to the to-be-renamed Racing Point team will certainly come as a golden opportunity for Vettel to revitalize his career. Ferrari’s downfall has coincided with his own, and the non-renewal has left the relationship strained.
Vettel currently ranks 13th in the Drivers’ Championship this season, and it has been poor for him by his own standards. New machinery at a different team will bring a whole host of responsibilities with it.
But his strong points are his racing intellect and experience, which is exactly what Aston Martin were looking for. And as a new era begins, Vettel will hope he can contribute to the best of his ability.