‘Traffic Lights Will Switch From Red To Green’ – Sebastian Vettel Aiming To Beat Ferrari With Aston Martin

Published 03/04/2021, 3:09 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 made the switch from the red overalls of Ferrari to the British racing green ones of Aston Martin in 2021. When the team launched its car, the AMR21, on March 3, Vettel was extremely driven to beat the Italian team on the track.

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The German will be very eager to bounce back from a horror 2020 in what was his worst campaign since his debut in F1 back in 2007. The 33-year-old will be looking to give a good account of himself in the Mercedes-powered Aston Martin.

Sebastian Vettel focussed on beating the Italian team on the track

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In an interview, immediately after Aston Martin launched their 2021 challenger, the AMR21, Vettel was asked if he personally wanted to beat Ferrari, to which he claimed it was a team goal to try to beat them.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari walks to the drivers parade before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“The traffic lights will switch from red to green at some point – hopefully it will stay that way. But whether we are ahead of Ferrari or not, it doesn’t matter. Our unofficial goal is third place and so we have to we’ll be in front of Ferrari.”

The German further stated that he won’t be personally fuelled to beat Ferrari on the track.

“For me, it is not a personal satisfaction to finish in front of Ferrari. But in this sense the satisfaction is to be satisfied with your own performance and that of the team.

(Quotes have been translated from German via Google)

Can Aston Martin help the German resurrect his career?

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The German will, first and foremost, be hoping that the car drives as good as it looks. He will join a fairly upwardly mobile team that in its previous iteration finally won a race in 2020.

MONZA, ITALY: Second place qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on from parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Aston Martin had smartly utilized their development tokens for the 2020 car. This finally helped them in getting fourth in the Constructors Championship. They could also count themselves as unlucky in not finishing third in the standings.

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They have signed a bonafide huge name in F1 and they should look to help gear the car around him.

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Ashish Thomas

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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