Sebastian Vettel Given Difficult Target for Aston Martin Debut: “Has to Perform This Year”

Published 02/20/2021, 6:47 AM EST
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 will be the driving force behind the newly rebranded Aston Martin team as they head into 2021. The 2021 grid will see a feisty battle in the midfield, particularly between Aston Martin and Mclaren.

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Both these two teams have a stunning driver lineup behind-the-wheel, Daniel Ricciardo-Lando Norris for McLaren, and Sebastian Vettel-Lance Stroll for Aston Martin. In fact, the dominant Mercedes engine will power both teams, which increases the chances of a rivalry.

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)

McLaren will be wary of Sebastian Vettel

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Former team owner Eddie Jordan thinks that McLaren has the upper hand over Aston Martin.

In an interview with F1Insider, he said, “McLaren will return to their old strength in the future, I think their big time will come in 2022.

“Vettel has to perform this year and beat Stroll. Lance can be very quick but he has lacked consistency so far.

“Driver-wise, McLaren is better equipped. Ricciardo is one of the best and Norris is a super talent.”

McLaren team boss Zak Brown said to F1Insider, “Sebastian is a four-time world champion and even if he didn’t have a great year last year, I’m sure he’ll give his best again and be highly motivated.”

With the hype being built around this, McLaren and Aston Martin will prove to be one of the greatest team rivalries that the F1 grid as seen in a while.

A rivalry set for the history books

When the opening race starts on March 28 in Bahrain, all eyes will be glued to the midfield as the Woking-based team will battle it out with the team from Silverstone. The two underrated teams will fight throughout the course to come to the front of the grid.

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The fans can’t wait for the season to get started and see Vettel find his form with his new team.

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With the first race just a little over a month away, fans will be marking their calendars for the opening race of the 2021 Formula One season. They can’t wait to see a new rivalry develop, seeing the cars at breakneck speeds as they go around the circuit to get to show who’s the best of them all.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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