Here’s the Time When Aston Martin’s Speculated F1 Boss Martin Whitmarsh Feuded with Sebastian Vettel

Published 01/12/2022, 8:02 AM EST
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 2, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference Hassan Ammar/Pool via REUTERS


Aston Martin recently bid adieu to its team boss Otmar Szafnauer, who had been with the team for 12 years. Now, as the seat is yet to be filled, the attention has been turned to Martin Whitmarsh. The most obvious person in the line to the top, Whitmarsh, gets ready for his new role. However, there might be some history between Sebastian Vettel and the rumored team principal.

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Back in 2010, Sebastian Vettel was en route to winning the first of his four championships. However, the road to the crown wasn’t easy. During the Belgian GP, Vettel crashed into Jenson Button. While trying to overtake the Aussie, Vettel lost control of his Red Bull, ramming it into the side of Button’s McLaren. Although the race wasn’t over for either driver, it took a blow on Button’s race.

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Looking back, Whitmarsh was harsh on the criticism towards Vettel as well. Then, as McLaren‘s team principal and CEO, Whitmarsh said, “he makes a habit of colliding with other drivers. Jenson was in a strong position and it hasn’t only damaged his world championship chances but it’s also bad for our team.”

As tensions were at a high, he also added, “He’s developing. But when you’re fighting for the title, this sort of thing is not easy. It affects not only him but also those around him.”

Now, working with a four-time champion would be a different experience for Whitmarsh, who will surely have less to complain about his driver. Further, Vettel has played a crucial role in helping Aston Martin ready itself for a better future.

Former Aston Martin boss praises Sebastian Vettel on the way out

Vettel has had a great debut season with Aston Martin in 2021. Therefore, Szafnauer was full of praise for his star driver. “He’s such a man of integrity, he works hard, great work ethic, leaves no stone unturned.”

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Additionally, Szafnauer revealed the team enjoys working with the German as well. “The engineers like working with him, the mechanics love him as a person. He’s just a genuine guy. And that goes a long way in life.”

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with team members after finishing in second place Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Although Vettel took some time to settle down with his new team after leaving Ferrari, Vettel’s determination shone through in the Silverstone team. “His greatest quality as a racing driver is just relentlessly working at getting quicker and quicker and quicker.”

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Now, Vettel is set to work with a new boss, who will unquestionably reflect Otmar’s views on the driver.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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