Mugello (AP) – The continuation of the Formula 1 career of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel appears to have been decided. Neither specialized portals nor experts doubt that Hesse will replace Sergio Perez in the future factory team of the English car maker Aston Martin from 2021.
The Mexican announced his departure from Racing Point on Twitter on Wednesday evening at the end of the year, and shortly before the Tuscan Grand Prix in Mugello, his employer sent warm words of farewell.
It is now eagerly awaited when 33-year-old Vettel takes his place on the podium at around 4.40 pm on Thursday at the official press conference for the race on Sunday (3.10 pm / RTL and Sky). Actually, the 1000th Grand Prix of his employer Ferrari should be central. But now the sporty future of the man from Heppenheim comes into the picture. He has to leave Scuderia at the end of the year – and rumors of its connection to Racing Point have been going on for months in the context of the racing series.
“It’s perfectly normal that I think a lot,” said Vettel on the sidelines of Ferrari’s 999th Grand Prix last weekend in Monza, asking for patience. Is everything going really fast now? According to the British TV broadcaster BBC, Racing Point Vettel has long been offering a contract. Should an agreement be announced in Mugello, Vettel Ferrari will undoubtedly steal the show at the big anniversary home competition.
Perez will leave Racing Point, which was previously called Force India and will become Aston Martin after seven years from 2021. “Everything in life always has a beginning and an end,” the 30-year-old from Guadalajara wrote on social media: “After this season, my time with the team will come to an end.” For a long time it was believed that Perez would have to leave to make way for a pilot with a very big name from next year: namely Vettel, who, according to reports, could sign a three-year contract.
Ferrari announced the end for the German after six years in mid-May. Since then, Vettel has had discussions about a possible new engagement, and early retirement was also a topic time and time again. Industry leader Mercedes waved his hand and referred to his driver duo Lewis Hamilton / Valtteri Bottas, Red Bull and Dutchman Max Verstappen also quickly closed the door. Renault brought back the two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.
Aston Martin wants to attack and needs a top man behind the wheel. That could be Vettel. After joining BMW-Sauber in Formula 1 in 2007, he joined Ferrari through Toro Rosso and Red Bull. At Scuderia, he has not been able to build on the successes at Red Bull since 2015. Vettel does not just want to follow behind in Formula 1, as he recently emphasized several times. At Aston Martin, unlike the lame Ferrari, he could probably compete for the front positions in 2021 this year.
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Aston Martin will continue to work with Mercedes and now only has one driver under contract in Lance Stroll after the turn of the year. As the son of Canadian billionaire and co-owner Lawrence Stroll, his place in the car was already considered safe. And recently, the 21-year-old also made an impression on the track when he finished second at Monza last Sunday.
According to Perez, he doesn’t have a plan B ready yet. With the experience of 182 Grand Prix starts and eight podium finishes to date, he has also been able to continue to compete in the premier class of motorsport. He is traded as a candidate with Haas and Alfa Romeo. This season, he missed two races after contracting the corona virus. At Silverstone he was briefly replaced in August by the German Nico Hülkenberg.