Sebastian Vettel Justifies Stroll’s Aston Martin Seat: “Takes a Lot of Talent to Do That”

Published 03/05/2021, 3:14 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez sprays sparkling wine as he celebrates winning the race on the podium with third placed Lance Stroll Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace


Aston Martin Racing was among the latest teams to recently launch their car ahead of the 2021 F1 season. New driver pairing, Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll were in presence during the event and spoke glowingly about the machinery.

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Stroll, who has been with the team for a few years now, has definitely grown into a driver that deserves to stay on the F1 grid. But despite his successes, he has received criticism for a different number of reasons.

Speaking in an interview, Vettel has moved to offer a fitting defense of his new teammate. He said, “As for speed, of course I’ve never ridden next to him. So we’ll see. But I think some of the things he’s been through aren’t fair. I think he’s proven many times that he’s very fast.”

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“I think if you only take pole position in Turkey, then those were probably the most difficult track conditions I’ve ever had in twelve, 14, 15 years of Formula 1 have experienced.” (translated via Google Translate)

Stroll got on pole in the 2020 Turkish GP, said Sebastian Vettel

“Not only to stay on the track, but also to catch the lap, and he managed to get on pole. So it takes a lot of talent to do that.”

There is almost a sense that a mentor-protégé relationship could develop between Vettel and Stroll. The former being a seniority figure in the sport has quite a lot to partake with Stroll, which can only benefit the young Canadian.

“So I think it’s going to be an exciting and challenging year for both of us. But as I said, I’m happy to share everything I know, for the team and for Lance too,” concluded Vettel.

Vettel and Stroll know the weight of expectations on their shoulders in 2021

Most F1 fans are keen to look at how Aston Martin gets going in the upcoming campaign. The team finished fourth last season but led the charge for a Top 3 spot across the majority of the races.

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari prepares to drive in the garage before the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

With Vettel at the helm, and Stroll looking to add to his results tally from his previous season, things only bode well for their fans. The inclusion of the veteran German driver means they will start to expect the odd race win, much like the way Sergio Perez did at Sakhir last year.

Therefore, both drivers will certainly feel the pressure to deliver, but will look to take it upon themselves positively. Their first assignment for the 2021 campaign will begin once the lights go out in Bahrain on March 28.

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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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