After one of the most anticipated car launches of the season, Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One team have finally revealed their 2021 contender.
In the striking green livery, with a nod to the brands original racing colours, Aston Martin will line up on the grid with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel at the wheel, following his move from Ferrari, alongside Lance Stroll.
Vettel, who openly admits last season was tough, says signing with the team was a no brainer, and he’s ready for a fresh start after an error-strewn 2020 season.
“I saw potential. I think the team has always been very strong in the past with limited resources, let’s say,” he said.
“Now obviously the regulations in Formula One are changing a bit, and with the new launch of Aston Martin coming back to Formula One, relaunching the team, a lot of people joining and a lot of talented people coming together.
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Vettel, who has 53 wins to his name, and 257 Formula One races, says he’s hungry for more success but admits expecting race wins in 2021 would be setting the bar a bit too high with the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull still over the horizon.
He continued: “Yes [I am hungry], otherwise I wouldn’t be here.
“Obviously there’s a lot of races, but I go racing to win and obviously it’s a very exciting project, a new start, a new chapter for me, for the entire team, so very much looking forward to it.
“I think winning is maybe a bit ambitious straight away, but it’s definitely everyone’s goal, that’s why we go racing.”
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Vettel, who has been in Formula One for over a decade, has already made an impression in the factory.
Team boss at Aston Martin, Otmar Szafnauer, said the German will be key to success.
“Sebastian is someone we can all learn from, and his integration into the team has been very smooth – as you would expect from someone with so much experience,” he said.
“It is clear in my mind that Sebastian has lost none of his speed.
“It is down to us to create an environment in which he feels comfortable so he can deliver at his brilliant best.”
Vettel won the last of his world titles in 2013 when he was at Red Bull and the 33-year-old had a disappointing 2020, finishing 13th.
However, with a new spring in his step, the German seemed excited about the future at Aston Martin.
Vettel explained: “There’s a great spirit in the team to this good group already, so I hope that I can contribute as well, so If we keep sharing that joy and passion, then good things will follow.
“It’s always hard to give a promise in terms of a number for results, but we love the sport and I think we love the challenge ahead of us.
“It’s an honour to be part of this unique brand.”