Recently rebranded to Aston Martin from Racing Point, the team has vowed to deliver a car for 2021 that suits Sebastian Vettel’s style and cater to his whim said Otmar Szafnauer. He also stated that the car will have a rear end that is stable, unlike Ferrari.
For those of you wondering as to what this refers to, Vettel’s final season for the Marinello based Scuderia Ferrari was far from decent. The 33-year-old German faced tough competition with his teammate, Charles Leclerc, who bested the 4-time WDC champion with 98 points in the 2020 season, in contrast to Vettel’s 33.
The reason for this is meant to be the design of the car, which was suited to the driving style of Leclerc, rather than Vettel. This is where Aston Martin will tend to do things differently.
What Does The Team Have To Say About Vettel?
“Every driver who has competed with us wants a racing car with a sturdy rear end,” said Otmar Szafnauer to Speedweek. “On the part of designers, we have always tried to put together a car with good stability in order to meet the driver’s request.
“And we will make sure that we do the same for Sebastian.” Time and again, Szafnauer has stated that he believes Vettel still has what it takes to win World Titles. Vettel’s last Championship win came in 2013 when he won the WDC driving for RedBull.
“In the paddock, everyone knows that Seb is one of the best drivers ever when it comes to the question of the right strategy,” he told Sport Bild.
This is further indicated by team owner Lawrence Stroll, who exchanged Sergio Perez for Vettel to drive alongside his son and Aston Martin’s 2nd Driver on the grid, Lance Stroll.
“Sebastian had a car at Ferrari that was tricky to drive and that didn’t suit his driving style,” he said. “It was similar in his last year for Red Bull Racing in 2014. “But Vettel is a four-time Formula 1 World Champion. He certainly hasn’t forgotten how to drive a racing car.”