Hamilton thrilled Vettel can 'steer' a team like Aston - The Race
Formula 1

Hamilton thrilled Vettel can ‘steer’ a team like Aston

Sep 10 2020
By Scott Mitchell

Lewis Hamilton says he is “really pleased” with Sebastian Vettel’s move to the Aston Martin Formula 1 team next season and backed him to “steer” a team with great potential.

Vettel has been ousted from Ferrari after what will be six seasons at the end of 2020, as the team has opted to sign Carlos Sainz Jr to partner Charles Leclerc instead.

It forced the four-time world champion into a period of reflection in which he strongly considered retiring from F1.
Hamilton and Vettel have a good relationship founded on strong mutual respect and Hamilton has spoken in support of his former title rival on multiple occasions.

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Belgian Grand Prix Race Day Spa Francorchamps, Belgium

Vettel will now join the Mercedes customer team Racing Point for its transition into the works Aston F1 team next year, and aim to lead it to podium and victory contention in F1’s new era from 2022.

“Honestly, I thought that was the ideal direction that he was going to go,” said Hamilton.

“So, I thought it would happen.

“I was really pleased to hear, when you look at that team it has new ownership, has already taken a huge step forwards in its performance, and it can continue to grow.

“Maybe I’m biased but I believe that experience counts for a huge amount, and he’s had a difficult time at Ferrari but he is a four-time world champion and can help steer that team even further in a better direction in terms of car development.

“You should never take that for granted. So I think it’s a great move from the team.”

Vettel’s move to Aston comes at the expense of long-time Force India/Racing Point driver Sergio Perez, who was on a multi-year deal but has been dropped to make room for the world champion.

Listen to “The Race F1 Podcast” on Spreaker.

Perez is now searching for a Plan B with Alfa Romeo considered his likeliest destination if he is to stay in F1.

“Of course, I’m sorry for Sergio,” said Hamilton. “He’s a great driver and I’m sure, hopefully, he’ll have other options.”

Vettel will join a team that Perez scored a handful of podium finishes for in its Force India guise, and Vettel’s 2021 team-mate Lance Stroll finished third at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

Stroll is currently in his fourth season in F1 and his second with Racing Point, which he joined a few months after his father Lawrence led the consortium that created the team following Force India’s collapse.

He is still only 21 years old and lies fourth in the championship after his Monza podium, but under pressure to prove he is in the team on merit rather than through family ties.

Stroll was asked for his thoughts about Vettel on Thursday at Mugello, and said: “It’s a very exciting opportunity for the team.

“He’s got a tremendous amount of experience and he’s a very successful driver. So it’s very exciting.”

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Australian Grand Prix Preparation Day Thursday Melbourne, Australia

What did you think of this story?

Share via
Copy link

Adblock Detected

We have detected that you are using an adblocker browser plugin to disable advertising from loading on our website.
The revenue earned from advertising enables us to provide the quaity of content you're trying to reach on this site. In order to view this page, we request that you disable adblock in your plugin settings.
I have disabled adblock for this site. Reload this page.

Welcome To
The Race

Thank you for joining The Race community! Your activation email is on its way. Just click on the link in the email to confirm your sign-up (and check your spam folder just in case).
Continue reading
Free Articles Read This Month

Join The Race Community

UNLIMITED FREE ACCESS
to the best motorsport coverage,
videos, podcasts and quizzes.
Get the cream of our content direct to your inbox.
Get involved and comment on content.

Join Now!

You Have
Reached Your Limit

The Race has been stopped as you’ve reached your article limit for this month.
To get UNLIMITED FREE access, all you need to do is register.
Click here to get started