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Four-time F1 world champion joins team currently known as Racing Point after being dropped by Ferrari
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10 September 2020

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will race for the new Aston Martin team from next season, it has been confirmed.

The Silverstone-based team currently known as Racing Point (and previously Force India) will take on works status in 2021 after its owner, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, bought the famous British luxury car maker in January.

Vettel had not been offered a new contract by his current team, Ferrari, in the wake of his increasingly sub-par performances, especially when compared with new team-mate Charles Leclerc. 

The 33-year-old German, who won all four of his titles early last decade with Red Bull, will race for Aston Martin alongside Lance Stroll, who is having an outstanding season and currently sitting fourth in the points standings.

Making way is Sergio Pérez, who has been at the team since 2014 and was instrumental in its survival when Force India looked set to fold midway through the 2018 season. The rumour mill says he could find refuge at Alfa Romeo or Haas.

Although this represents a step down the grid for Vettel, Racing Point has traditionally outperformed its budget. Its Mercedes-AMG-powered car is arguably 'the best of the rest' this season and, as per emergency pandemic-induced rules, must be used again next year

Racing Point said: "The signing of Sebastian is a clear statement of the team’s ambition to establish itself as one of the most competitive names in the sport.

"As a four-time world champion, Sebastian brings a fresh mindset to the team. He's one of the most accomplished and respected drivers in world motorsport and knows what it takes to win at the highest level."

Vettel said: "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. I have been impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I believe the future looks even brighter.

‍"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 F1, and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid. To do so with Aston Martin will be a huge privilege.”

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Peter Cavellini 12 September 2020

Supposition.

 You can make all the assumptions you like, if your not in the winnning car, the car that's the best of the rest, your racing for third place, you would hope Vettel isn't going to racing point just because it's what David Coulthard called the "Pink Mercedes " in the hope he can get his mojo back, believe what's under him is better than Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton remember is only an F1 driving God to some because?, he's driving the winning car, if he was in Vettels position, no matter how good you are your not going to win.

xxxx 14 September 2020

best driver gets best car

Of course lh would not win in a ferrari but he beats bottas week in week out hands down, something vettel has failed and is failing to do.

FastRenaultFan 10 September 2020

This will either be a make it or break it year for Vettel

If he does well next year it will show that he still has talent and did not win his 4 drivers titles just by being lucky as well as how bad Stroll is. But if Vettel gets beaten by Stroll then he might as well retire. I think Racing Point are making a mistake letting Sergio Perez goas him and Vettel would have been a far better team. We will see how it all goes next year. I wish Vettel luck.
Old But not yet Dead 10 September 2020

No demotion ...

current form would suggest Vettel is going up the pecking order , not down.

Sainz is the one I feel sorry for. Hope the pay packet is enough compensation for him.

Every Ferrari failure gives me great joy, couldn't happen to a more deserved team.

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