Sebastian Vettel’s Torro Rosso Stint Key to F1 Midfield Team Transition: Aston Martin

Published 02/20/2021, 8:02 AM EST
SOCHI, RUSSIA – Third place qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Ahead of the 2021 Formula One season, Sebastian Vettel is already working with his new team, Aston Martin, to ensure he can hit the ground running once they reach Bahrain.


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He is a true veteran of the grid and his experience with Toro Rosso, Red Bull, and his previous team, Ferrari, has helped the German become who he is today.

Aston Martin’s team boss, Otmar Szafnauer, is aware of how quickly the world champion can fit into the Silverstone-based team because of his years at Toro Rosso.


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SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 10: 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 has learned some valuable lessons from Toro Rosso

Szafnauer, in talks with AutoMotorUndSport, said, “Not long at all. We mustn’t forget that Sebastian was with Toro Rosso for a couple of years. That’s about the same team size as we have. And Sebastian has a great memory.”

He added, He already suits us very well. We have the same philosophy of how we want to race. For us, performance is our top priority. We strive to have the fastest car possible. This also applies to other areas, such as the pit crew with the tire changes.

“We want to make the most of the races – including victories.”

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Third placed Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing, first placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Scuderia Toro Rosso and second placed Heikki Kovalainen of Finland and McLaren Mercedes celebrate in parc ferme following qualifying for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Szafnauer concluded, “That’s what it’s all about. And that’s exactly what Sebastian is about. Our racing philosophies are 100 percent the same. So we will work very well together to optimize our performance.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Vettel will be a force to reckon with on the grid

Sebastian Vettel is already motivated and optimistic, heading into the 2021 season with Aston Martin. The 33-year-old German will partner up with Canadian driver Lance Stroll on this year’s grid.

The four-time world champion will show that he still has the talent behind the wheel and will fight for wins and podiums once the lights go off in the upcoming season of Formula One.


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The opening race will be in Bahrain on March 28. Indeed, the fans will be excited to see the German back on the grid in new overalls; they can’t wait to see him zip around the corners and to know his rivals will see Vettel in the rearview mirrors as he tries to overtake them.

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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.