Lance Stroll ‘Could Very Well’ Beat Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin: Szafnauer

Published 02/06/2021, 2:35 AM EST
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Racing Point had quite the 2020 season, ultimately resulting in a P4 finish for them. In 2021, as they take to the track with the Aston Martin name, both Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll will want to elevate the team to the next level.

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But like all teams, there will be healthy competition between the teammates. Touching upon that, team boss Otmar Szafnauer stated that believes Stroll has the talent to outscore Vettel.

Speaking in an interview, Szafnauer said, “He could very well do, he definitely has the talent. The thing that last year he lacked a bit was consistency, and that was for a bunch of reasons.”

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Consistency is what Lance Stroll will be working on this season, says Szafnauer

“He was on for perhaps a podium when he had a tire failure, you know, not his fault.

“Also, unfortunately he caught the COVID. You’re never a 100% when you come back a week later from that.”

Despite the minor setbacks, Stroll played a great helping hand in Racing Point’s success last year. Finishing 11th in the standings with 75 points, he, alongside Sergio Perez, drove the third fastest car to some excellent results.

The 56-year-old continued, “So consistency is what Lance will be working on this coming season. He is very well capable of doing that.”

“Once he becomes more consistent with those podiums and pole positions and scoring points, for sure, he will take the fight to Sebastian. And that is exactly what we want. That we have two drivers scoring regularly, that’s what we need for us to finish in the Top 3.”

Sebastian Vettel would start off as the favorite in the teammates’ battle

Naturally, with all his wealth of experience and a winning mentality, Vettel enters the fold as the senior driver with a point to prove. Despite his few lackluster seasons with Ferrari, one would not doubt the German’s capability of attaining race wins and podiums.

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 04: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari prepares to drive in the garage before the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

But as has been mentioned, with a talented driver like Stroll, the heat will be on Vettel to continue performing. Similarly, it will also spur on the Canadian to deliver results on the track, leading to a win-win situation for Aston Martin.

Therefore, this could well be the season where we see Stroll bring about his best ever performances. It will intrigue fans to see how he fares against a veteran like Vettel, who shares the same desire of fulfilling the team’s objectives.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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