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Sebastian Vettel Won’t Play Second Fiddle to Lance Stroll at Aston Martin F1: Former Mercedes Boss

Sebastian Vettel Won’t Play Second Fiddle to Lance Stroll at Aston Martin F1: Former Mercedes Boss

Sebastian Vettel Racing At the Tuscan GP

Sebastian Vettel jumping ship to Aston Martin Racing in 2021 was recently confirmed. The 33-year-old’s five-year-long partnership with Ferrari is looking to come to an end as the season winds up.

After the Italian motorsport giants failed to renew Vettel’s contract, he was on the lookout for other avenues. The former Mercedes Sporting Director and now German journalist, Norbert Haug, believes that Vettel has made the right choice.

Sebastian Vettel will want to make it work at Aston Martin

He was quoted as saying, “No dominance goes forever. We saw that at Red Bull too. If you do a good job, Aston Martin can also be successful. You have a good base.” (translated from Google Translate).

Considering how the Aston Martin owner, Lawrence Stroll, pulls the strings as far as the inner functioning of the team is concerned, meaning one of his strings could quite possibly lead to the 4-time World Champion’s nape.

Therefore, the prospect of Lance Stroll being prioritized over the German is not unfathomable. But if history has taught us anything, it’s that Vettel does not take to team orders too nicely.

At Red Bull, he was keen to make his mark as the superior driver compared to teammate Mark Webber. The Multi-21 controversy at the 2013 Malaysian GP, is testament to the fact. At Ferrari, he defied team orders involving Charles Leclerc, most notably at Singapore and Russia last year. Instead of ‘letting him pass’, he asked the young Monegasque driver to ‘close the gap’. So it would not be a surprise, if something similar happens with Lance Stroll too.

But Haug believes the four-time World Champion has enough skill and experience, to command his place in the team. He stated, “Vettel wouldn’t do that either.

Sebastian Vettel Speaking At Tuscan GP Press Conference
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Even the former German Motorsport Association boss, Hans-Joachim Stuck, concurs with Haug’s assesment. He said, “In the first year, he pulled himself out of the affair with Leclerc excellently.

“He worked his way out mentally. And in the end, showed Leclerc where the hammer is. I think he can do the same with Stroll.” (translated from Google Translate)

Vettel looking forward to the future

On the heels of a series of disappointing performances, none could blame Vettel for giving up on the Maranello-based outfit’s cause. The relationship that Vettel and the scarlet franchise share has been consistently degrading over the course of this season.

Incorrect strategies, technical failures, and a sense of just getting the season over with have shrouded their season with despair and disappointment so far.

Sebastian Vettel's Car Looked At By Racing Point Mechanics
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – Racing Point mechanics look at the Ferrari car ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

In that regard, Seb might be right to consider a relatively more exciting future at Silverstone. Additionally, they promise a sturdier and a balanced car, as well as a chance for Seb to offer his valuable insights.

In addition, with the RP20 being powered by a Mercedes unit, it will undoubtedly be a big step up from the shackled engines that the Prancing Stallion has to offer.

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