Aston Martin Can Transform Sebastian Vettel’s Headspace: Racing Point F1

Published 09/26/2020, 1:56 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Come Christmas 2020, Sebastian Vettel will bring an end to his six-year association with Ferrari. What started off with much pomp and fanfare was hit with a lot of suffering.

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It is quite obvious that Vettel is disappointed with the car he has been driving. And there’s only so long that a 4-time World Champion can endure an underperforming car.

That is where Racing Point stepped in, offering him a golden chance. A competent racing project is what he wanted, after all. Maybe a different car is all it will take to see the old Vettel back in action.

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At least, that’s what Racing Point’s Technical Director, Andrew Green, believes.

Sebastian Vettel needs a change of scene

In an interview, Green stated, “He’s a multiple world champion. He’s going to bring a methodology of working that we haven’t seen before. And that’s what we want.

“Conversely, I think we can help Seb as well. I think he’s not in a great place at the moment in his head. I think he’s lost his mojo a little bit. And I think we are just the best team at turning drivers around and getting them back into their sweet spot.

“We take out all the politics and it just allows them to focus on driving the car as quickly as possible. And I think we can get Seb back into that place.”

Since the turn of last year, things have become stale for Vettel at Ferrari. With the car modifications experiencing a lot of change from the previous seasons, the German driver suddenly found himself fighting in the midfield spots.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during practice Bryn Lennon/Pool via REUTERS

It only became worse when Charles Leclerc started showing his talent. And propping him up on a pedestal as the future of Ferrari did no wonders for Vettel’s campaign.

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Factor in the immense pressure of winning and consistency at a team like Scuderia Ferrari, it’s no wonder the German remains perturbed. Somewhere, all of these aspects have taken a toll on Vettel, and the damage seems irreversible if he were to endure yet another season at the Maranello-based outfit.

Entering the world of Racing Point

The team from Silverstone has looked to go from strength to strength in the past few years. They have had limited personnel at their factory and a tight budget relative to their bigger counterparts. And yet, they know how to get the best out of their car.

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Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Pool

The fascinating thing is that Racing Point has not had a history of glorious drivers. And so he enters with an intention and flexibility to pitch in his suggestions to help the team, and his world champion ethic comes as a huge bonus to the team.

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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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