Following the news of his exit from Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel was in deep thought about his future. There were not a lot of competitive seats on the F1 grid.
But Racing Point reached out to the 33-year-old, and negotiations slowly gathered pace. And before we knew it, the announcement of the reported move had become official.
Vettel has revealed that he had to seriously think of what he was going to do for 2021. Ultimately, he decided to build on his achievements in F1, taking up the opportunity to race for Aston Martin.
I had to think for a long time, said Sebastian Vettel
Speaking in an interview, Vettel stated, “Since I no longer had a future at Ferrari, the question immediately arose: What are you doing in 2021?
“And since the large cockpits were all occupied, I had to think for a long time. Of course, a resignation cannot be ruled out.” (translated from Google Translate)
Admittedly, a sabbatical and retirement from the sport altogether were also options for Vettel. But with a competitive racing project like Racing Point, he decided it was the best move for him going forward.
The ex-Ferrari driver continued, “Well, Formula 1 has been the focus of my life for over ten years. But there are also many other and above all more important things in life than our sport.
“Nevertheless, I have come to the conclusion that there is still something slumbering inside of me. And that’s how I got in touch with the new Aston Martin team.” (translated from Google Translate)
Vettel’s move to Aston Martin could rejuvenate his F1 career
After enduring a horrid season with Ferrari, this move offers the German driver an opportunity to start afresh with a new car and environment. The performance of the Racing Point car, especially this season, will certainly give Vettel encouragement.
This year, Racing Point just missed out on securing P4 in the Constructors’ standings. But with a 4-time F1 champion at the helm of their affairs, the team will hope he can guide them to podiums and race wins on a much more consistent basis.