Sebastian Vettel will join Aston Martin for their first Formula 1 season next year, following his departure from Ferrari.Sergio Perez, who had signed a three-year deal with the team last year, but confirmed yesterday he will split from them after this season.
The news comes four months after Vettel confirmed his seventh season with Ferrari this year will be his last.
“I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future,” said the four-times world champion. “I’m extremely proud to say that I will become an Aston Martin driver in 2021. It’s a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company.”
Racing Point lie fourth in the constructors’ championship, two places ahead of Ferrari. The team has made significant strides since it was rescued from administration in mid-2018 by Lawrence Stroll.
“I have been impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I believe the future looks even brighter,” said Vettel.
“The energy and commitment of Lawrence to the sport is inspiring and I believe we can build something very special together. I still have so much love for Formula 1 and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid. To do so with Aston Martin will be a huge privilege.”
Racing Point CEO Otmar Szafnauer said the team is “hugely excited by this news”.
“Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as Aston Martin F1 team. On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, Sebastian is one of the best in the world, and I can’t think of a better driver to help take us into this new era. He will play a significant role in taking this team to the next level.”
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