Things have already been set in motion, and it is only a matter of time before we see Sebastian Vettel driving the Aston Martin F1 car in Bahrain.
The 33-year-old brought an end to his 6-year stint with Ferrari and has now started getting to know his new team. Vettel started off brilliantly at Toro Rosso before building his reputation as a world-class driver at Red Bull. He attained great form during those years and showed what he could bring to the table.
Speaking in an interview, Toro Rosso’s former Technical Chief, Giorgio Ascanelli, elaborated on Vettel’s impact on his previous teams. He opined that the veteran German driver has a way of ‘carrying a team along’.
Ascanelli stated, “You’ve probably already noticed. Every team Sebastian has driven for so far became a winning team with him.” (translated from Google Translate)
“First Toro Rosso, then Red Bull. That’s also because of Sebastian. Because of his heavy foot on the gas and his way of carrying a team along.”
With his racing intellect and wealth of experience, signing Vettel was a no-brainer for Aston Martin. The champion mentality is after all is a necessary component in the team’s larger scheme of affairs.
“Red Bull already had all the ingredients for success in 2008, but we were better than Red Bull because Vettel was better than Coulthard and Webber. Period. Out,” concluded Ascanelli on the subject.
Having sporadically appeared in 2007, Vettel really emerged onto the biggest scene with his shock 2008 Italian GP win. Despite his relative inexperience at the time, Red Bull were convinced that the German would be the right partner for Mark Webber.
For a few seasons, no one came close in terms of matching him for his winning desire and racecraft. With Aston Martin, he now has a great opportunity to relive a similar success once again.
Vettel will hence hope that the day is not too far ahead when he can stand atop the podium to collect a race winner’s trophy once again.