Ferrari Driver To Join Renamed Aston Martin Team In 2021

"I'm extremely proud to say I will become an Aston Martin driver in 2021."

Formula One Ferrari four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is to join the renamed Aston Martin team in Formula 1 next year.

Sebastian Vettel, 33, is moving to the team currently known as Racing Point from Ferrari, who earlier this year decided not to offer the German a new contract.

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Aston Martin said signing Vettel was “a clear statement of the team’s ambition” to establish themselves at the front.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel replaces Sergio Perez, who announced he was leaving on Wednesday.

A statement from Aston Martin said Vettel had signed for “2021 and beyond” but did not confirm the length of the contract.

Typically, it would be expected the German has signed a three-year deal.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel said: “I’m extremely proud to say I will become an Aston Martin driver in 2021.”

“It’s a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company. I have been impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I believe the future looks even brighter.

“The energy and commitment of Lawrence [Stroll, the owner] to the sport is inspiring and I believe we can build something very special together.

“I still have so much love for Formula 1 and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid. To do so with Aston Martin will be a huge privilege.”

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said the team were “hugely excited” by the news.

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“Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as Aston Martin F1 Team,” he said.

“On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, Sebastian is one of the best in the world, and I can’t think of a better driver to help take us into this new era. He will play a significant role in taking this team to the next level.”

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