Sebastian Vettel will be making a switch to the Aston Martin/Racing Point once the curtain draws over this season of Formula 1. The German’s future boss, Otmar Szafnauer, revealed that he expects Vettel to bring a lot of insight with respect to how bigger teams function.
Otmar mentioned that Vettel’s years with Red Bull and Ferrari are vital for the growth of Aston Martin. “Sebastian has a lot of experience and is still only 33 years old,” Otmar said. “And he knows how to win world championships.
“How does a top team approach a weekend, What have Ferrari and Red Bull done differently from us? It is not said that both teams are doing a little better.
“But such a head-to-head comparison makes sense to pick the best of all worlds. That, in turn, will allow us to take the next step.”
The German has spent six years each in Red Bull and Ferrari. Altogether, he worked with the two top-field teams for over a decade. Such enormous numbers may have been the reason behind Racing Point’s decision to go after the 33-year-old.
Aston Martin will help Sebastian Vettel regain his old strength: Otmar
Otmar felt that with Vettel in the picture, the team can eye the championship title in the coming years. “We look forward to him and that he will take us to the next level he is used to from the bigger teams,” Otmar said.
“He’s a four-time world champion. I’m sure he can show us what it takes to fight for wins and titles.”
Otmar also pointed out the fact that Racing Point, like their predecessors, Jordan and Force India, have always been fighting above their weight.
“The racing spirit is part of our DNA. It all started with Jordan and as Force India, we have lived that mentality,” he said. “Sebastian will enjoy working in this environment. And it will help him regain his old strength.
“In addition, with Lance Stroll, we have a young, thirsty for knowledge driver who can learn a lot from Seb. With the combination of the two, it would be a fantastic first season for Aston Martin if we could regularly compete for points and podiums,” Otmar said.
With the way things are going for Vettel at the moment in Ferrari, he would want this season to end as early as possible and would be desperate to start afresh with Aston Martin.
(The quotes have been translated from German using Google Translate)