Vettel Warned To Look Out for Stroll and Wolff at Aston Martin

Published 04/21/2021, 2:47 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives ahead of testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Sebastian Vettel needs to watch his back at Aston Martin, according to a former F1 boss. It is not just because of the general politics that take place behind the scenes, but also because of the Wolff-Stroll tandem.

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Not many in the F1 circle have as enormous influence and power as the likes of Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll and his Mercedes counterpart, Toto Wolff have. While Lawrence is the majority owner of Aston Martin, Toto Wolff also holds shares in the British brand.

“I am of the opinion that the combination of Stroll/ Wolff is a very dangerous combination for Sebastian Vettel. Many factors play a role in the background,” said former Hispania Team boss Colin Kolles. (quotes translated from German using Google)

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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – APRIL 26: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on April 26, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Kolles has a long-standing rift with Toto Wolff. And that is why he does not have many flattering things to say about the Austrian businessman –

“He is called (Toto Wolff, editor’s note ) the lap dog of Mr. Stroll. That is a quote from Bernie Ecclestone.”

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This has led to many questioning his signature in the first place. While most associate it with brand building, former Red Bull driver, David Coulthard, has a unique take to offer –

“I wonder if it’s part of brand building, but that it is not necessarily about Aston Martin, but also for Lance StrollIf he were to beat Vettel then he can rightly say that he could also be a future champion”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

It did wonders for Charles Leclerc‘s reputation, no doubt. He outclassed Vettel last year and furthered his case as one of the future world champions of F1. It certainly won’t do any harm to Lance Stroll’s image either. That will go a long way in removing the pay driver mark from his name.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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