Sebastian Vettel Dismisses ‘Out of Date’ Mercedes Theory: “The World Has Moved On”

Published 03/08/2021, 6:00 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)


Sebastian Vettel created quite the buzz with his move to Aston Martin, justifiably. The veteran German now embarks on a new chapter after a horrid 2020 season with Ferrari.

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Aston Martin are among the many customer teams that Mercedes manufactures engines for. One would then wonder whether Racing Point’s new guise would be at a disadvantage against Mercedes, given the latter’s supplier status.

But allaying any such concerns, Vettel stated, “I’m not worried about that. I think your fears are old school.

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“The world has moved on. In the past probably you were right, but this past is in some cases still too present, in other cases long time [ago].”

It’s a very good achievement if we are very close to Mercedes, said Sebastian Vettel

“With somebody like Mercedes, I think we can trust that you get a very fair treatment, and if you are faster you will be allowed to beat them.”

Indeed, in its previous identity as Racing Point, both Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll got close to the Mercedes cars occasionally. The 2020 Turkish GP was a fascinating example when the young Canadian stormed through to secure pole position.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace – Pool/Getty Images)

Vettel continued, “I think this sort of mindset [of thinking there is a disadvantage] is way out of date as a principal. I see where you’re coming from, but I’m not worried.

“I think if we are very close to Mercedes, that is a very good achievement, so that will be the last thing I’ll worry about.”

Vettel’s challenge will lie in fully adapting to the Mercedes power

The four-time F1 champion has previously driven cars with Renault and Ferrari engines fitted in them. But in the present day, his ultimate challenge will lie in gaining familiarity with the Mercedes‘ engines.

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Vettel has already begun work in the background in terms of the team’s simulator. Once he achieves it in reality, Vettel could well become a frontline contender to the likes of Hamilton, Bottas, and Verstappen.

Therefore, only time will tell if Aston Martin can provide their new driver with a competitive package. In doing so, that will also reaffirm their objective of becoming a competitive challenger in the foreseeable future.

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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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