Vettel Clears the Air Regarding His Involvement in Aston Martin’s Poaching of Red Bull F1 Engineers

Published 07/02/2021, 11:14 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel after qualifying REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Just a week after Aston Martin revealed the signing of Red Bull’s Dan Fallows, they have now announced that the Silverstone-based team will seize another senior staff member away from Red Bull, with the signing of Andrew Alessi.

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The two engineers were crucial for the Milton Keynes-based team’s aerodynamics department. Dan Fallows and Andrew Alessi have worked for 15 and 13 years respectively for Red Bull.

Meanwhile, the former Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel refuses any involvement in Aston Martin luring the services of Red Bull’s engineers.

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What did Sebastian Vettel say?

The 4-time world champion with Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel denies any involvement in Aston Martin recruitment of Milton Keynes-based team engineers Dan Fallows and Andrew Alessi.

“I’m part of the team, but my job is to drive the car and give my feedback to the engineers. I am not in charge of staff recruitment,” said Sebastian Vettel ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“Since I joined Aston Martin, the team has steadily increased its resources, and it is good to see new people coming to us.” (Quotes translated from Italian via Google translate)

German had pleasant memories of Fallows and Alessi during his time at Red Bull: “I worked with both Andrew and Dan, but a long time ago. Indeed, it is fun to think about how much time has passed ”

The German to aim for the Top-10 finish at Austrian GP

Sebastian Vettel had a weekend to forget after an unsatisfactory performance at Styrian GP. The German could only qualify at P14 and cross the chequered flag two places ahead at P12.

The 4-time world champion struggled with traffic and tire degradation, which hindered his entire race. As a result, Vettel whose run of three successive races in the points ended.

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Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard.

The German currently sits at P10 in the Drivers’ Standings, four points behind McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo who replaced him at Red Bull in 2014. Sebastian Vettel will hope to bring some points for the Silverstone-based team this weekend.

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