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Formula 1: votes for Vettel change!

Berger and Hamilton: “Advantage for Aston Martin”

Sebastian Vettel will drive for Aston Martin in 2021 – and will remain loyal to Formula 1. AUTO BILD MOTORSPORT asked insiders and experts in the scene exclusively.

Vfrom Ferrari to Aston Martin. Sebastian Vettel remains loyal to sports car manufacturers. In 2021 it will be colored pink-green instead of red. “I have thought a lot about my future in the last few weeks and months,” he says in the Mugello paddock. “It was important for me to develop myself further, to have a new task. It’s exciting to help a team get to the top. “

The German believes in success with Aston. “For the first time, the team has the chance to develop with a reasonable budget and take a big step forward. That’s why I see positive signs that very good things can happen in the future. The team has always been able to achieve a lot with little financial means. With the budget limit, the playing field is now even more balanced. ”

How long the contract runs, Vettel does not want to say: “First see how it starts,” he admits. “The goal is to work together in the long term. It’s clear that Mercedes is a force in Formula 1. We have to keep our feet on the ground. But our goals are ambitious, the team is optimistic. We don’t just want to ride, we want to move forward. “

And what does his environment say? We asked Gerhard Berger, Franz Tost, Helmut Marko and Co.

Gerhard Berger is happy for Vettel

Gerhard Berger (DTM boss and ex-F1 star): “I’m happy that Sebastian made the decision as a racing driver who didn’t want to quit yet. And not as someone who only wants to continue when he has a chance for the title. Because he won’t have that with Aston Martin next year. Mercedes is too strong for that, and probably Red Bull too. Of course, the two teams would have been the best for him, but there were no options. But what is certain is that Aston Martin has one of the biggest names in the automotive scene. The brand is legendary. It’s a big coup for Aston Martin. Congratulations to Lawrence Stroll, Toto Wolff and others who are still behind it. You will benefit from Sebastian’s skills that should not be underestimated. Because I am convinced that the Aston Martin, which is still called Racing Point this year, is already better this season than the results show. A hag would have won a race with it. “

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes World Champion): “I’m very happy for Seb. Because his future team has already made an enormous step forward under new owners. It will continue to grow. I am convinced that experience is very valuable, and Sebastian will be four times world champion in the team be of great help when it comes to vehicle development and steering the team in the right direction. “

Helmut Marko (Head of Red Bull Motorsport): “It’s a good thing that Sebastian has finally made up his mind. I think it’s nice that he stays with us in Formula 1. Formula 1 is doing well not to lose a four-time world champion. Aston Martin will get stronger with him. But competition stimulates business. “

Franz Tost (Vettel’s first team boss at Toro Rosso): “It’s good that Seb stays in Formula 1. We’ll see if it was the right step for him. “

Ex-Force India team boss Colin Kolles: “I would have paused for a year to see what opportunities there would be in 2022. It is doubtful whether the Aston Martin will be so good again for next year after the Copygate affair and the new rules that followed. As for Vettel’s image: Formula 1 is very fast-moving. His disastrous season with Ferrari would have been quickly forgotten, his image would not have suffered even with a year off. That is why I would have taken a year off in his place to hope for a place in a top team. “

Daniel Ricciardo (ex-team-mate at Red Bull): “It’s very good for him. Aston Martin will be a competitive team in the future. And it’s going to be a nice new start for him. He did not fall, but landed firmly on both feet. I sensed that he did not want to finish with Formula 1. This is a great solution for him and for the series itself. ”

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