Sebastian Vettel Explains His Excitement of Driving a Mercedes F1 Engine for 2021 with Aston Martin

Published 03/07/2021, 11:15 AM EST
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY: Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Sebastian Vettel has joined Aston Martin Racing for the upcoming 2021 season. Among the many changes that he will have to deal with while competing with a new team, the chief is the power unit change. The German will drive a Mercedes-powered car this year, hoping that his skills and power unit will sync once the season goes underway.

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While he has stated that the Mercedes engine differs from the one at Ferrari, he has faith that the Mercedes power unit can help back to his winning ways.

SUZUKA, JAPAN – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel points out the difference between the two engines

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The German said, “The Mercedes engine is the most powerful in the field, they say, I’m really excited to see how they work. I’ve already been introduced to how the engine works, how you have to drive it, all of these things.”

Vettel added, “The way in which the Mercedes engine works and breathes and is operated, also from the cockpit, is different than with the Ferrari engine. That will be a change for me at the beginning, but of course, I hope that I can find my way around quickly.

“I think that if the engine is really that good, you’ll notice that too.”

 A new chapter begins for the four-time world champion

For quite some time, it had seemed like Ferrari had given up on Vettel and made Leclerc their priority. This was reinforced when the team decided to let the German go before the 2020 season began.

To add to the misery of having been let go, the 33-year-old endured a horrible season; he only scored 33 points and finished finish 13th in the driver’s championship.

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SPA, BELGIUM – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari, Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto and Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari stand for a minutes silence in tribute to the late Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert on the Formula 3 grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Thus, his move to Aston Martin signifies a fresh start for the German. Vettel and his team are both looking to prove themselves this year. And with a renewed spirit, supportive team, and a new car (equipped with a Mercedes engine), he has all he needs to do so.

So, do you think a new team is what Vettel needs to regain his old form? Or are his critics right and he really has moved past his glory days?

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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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