Sebastian Vettel Can Learn From Lance Stroll at Aston Martin: Szafnauer

Published 02/05/2021, 3:45 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the Yas Marina Circuit Hamad I Mohammed/Pool via REUTERS


German F1 driver, Sebastian Vettel, will be racing for Aston Martin for the upcoming 2021 season. The British team is making its return to F1 after six decades, with the rebranding of Racing Point. 

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Team principal, Otmar Szafnauer, thinks that Vettel could be the driver who could put them among the contenders. Aston Martin has roped in the 33-year-old to improve their commercial standing and also to help them develop the 2022 car.

The German will be replacing outgoing Mexican driver, Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez, who will be racing for Red Bull.

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Aston Martin boss Szafnauer thinks Vettel will be a success

In an interview, Szafnauer said, “The way I look at it is at 33 years old you don’t forget how to drive a Formula 1 racing car fast. He definitely hasn’t forgotten how to do that, and the work ethic is still there. He’s really, really hungry to perform.”

The American continued, “We’ve started working with him this year already and you can see it. He asked all the right questions and a lot of them. He’s really hungry for knowledge.”

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)

He commented on Vettel’s attention to detail too. “An engineer described Sebastian to me as [like] having a performance engineer behind the wheel.”

Szafnauer thinks that Vettel will learn a lot from teammate Lance Stroll. He said, “Lance can learn from Seb. Seb can learn from Lance as well because Lance is now the veteran here. He’s the one who has driven last year’s car, he knows the characteristics of it more so than Seb does. So I look forward to that pairing.”

The fit between Aston Martin and Sebastian Vettel

People may say that he is washed up, and that he is too old, but there is no doubting his natural ability which propelled him to those four Championships he had won with Red Bull.

This move would result in the car being tailor-made for his talents, which would maximize his strengths and nullify his negatives. He would help Aston Martin make the transition towards the 2021 regulations, which seeks to narrow the gap between the top teams and middling teams, with his technical inputs into that car design.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 18: Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 18, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Leonhard Foeger/Pool via Getty Images)

Despite the good aspects behind this signing, there is no doubt that he has struggled in the Formula One in the past two seasons. He’s won just one race in his last 46 race starts, with that coming in the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

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Vettel can hope to be competitive in this car, especially with the Mercedes Powertrain, which gives them a massive advantage over the Ferrari engines. The design of the car is well suited to Vettel’s driving style because he relies a lot on downforce, something which was lacking in the Ferrari car design.

Can he get his mojo back? Not fully, but he could garner possibly the odd race win here and there if things break right for Aston Martin on a race weekend.

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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