Sebastian Vettel Confirms Rumored Pay cut During Contract Talks With Aston Martin

Published 03/04/2021, 6:13 AM EST
MONZA, ITALY: Second place qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on from parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


When his career was falling apart, Sebastian Vettel surprised everyone by joining Aston Martin for the 2021 season, having left Ferrari after six years. The German begins his new chapter in Formula One with the Silverstone-based team, but his dream to continue came at a cost.

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The German’s career was up for debate, he had a poor 2020 season in which he only scored 33 points. The lackluster car also failed to help Vettel fight for much need wins. However, When Racing Point was becoming Aston Martin, he quickly jumped on board to help the team in their new venture.

However, to join the British team, Vettel allegedly had to take a huge pay cut, but money doesn’t motivate the four-time world champion, but the vision and the return of Aston Martin is what gave him a reason to join.

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SUZUKA, JAPAN: Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel states that racing motivates him and not the paycheck

While his future was up in the air, Vettel revealed in an interview, he said, “Contract negotiations and all this was very straightforward. Usually, the point that you talk about most is the salary and this was done first time, no problem.”

He added, “And the reason I say this is because the biggest driver behind was really the vision and the motivation behind the project, the relaunch of Aston Martin, the growth of the team. I think it’s all very exciting.”

SOCHI, RUSSIA – Third place qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

On being asked about the pay cut, Vettel said, ” I know that I’m in a very privileged situation, but it [money] never has been [a motivation] and is not now. I love racing. And I’m really looking forward to the racing this year.”

“And racing means not just racing the car and enjoying the driving, but also working with people who are like-minded, obsessed with finding another couple of thousandths, obsessed with optimising, to think of new ways around a problem. That for me is racing, it’s not just turn up drive and go back. It’s really living and breathing the whole together with like-minded people”

The German looks forward to his next chapter

The 33-year-old will have a new beginning at the Silverstone-based team, hoping to find his lost mojo for the 2021 season. Vettel is a four-time world champion and is raring to go and show the world that he is not done yet with F1.

On this new journey of his, Vettel will be paired alongside Lance Stroll. The two drivers will hope to take Aston Martin to the top of the grid as the team returns to the grid after nearly sixty years.

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Sebastian and Lance believe they can put up a fight with top teams on the grid, hoping to score some vital points that will affect the constructor’s championship. What do you expect from this British team as they embark on this exciting journey?

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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