Sebastian Vettel to Aston Martin: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff distances himself from any involvement in Vettel’s move to Aston Martin.
If multiple reports are to be believed, Sebastian Vettel to Aston Martin will soon be a reality. According to ESPN Mexico, the announcement would be done by the first week of August. It also stated that the outgoing driver Sergio Perez has already started looking for other teams.
Vettel is on the lookout for a team for 2021 after Ferrari decided to let go of him after this season. He has been in touch with important people in F1, including the Renault and Aston Martin bosses.
Is Toto Wolff helping in Sebastian Vettel to Aston Martin?
There have been rumours that the Mercedes boss is also helping Sebastian Vettel with his search. And it all adds up as Wolff is an investor in Aston Martin. But Wolff has rubbished the claims of any conflict of interest in his capacity as Mercedes Boss. He clarified to grandpx.news that his investment is in the Aston Martin car company, and not the F1 team.
Toto Wolff purchases a stake in Aston Martin, which will be diluted on Monday with the rights issue. Remains committed to Mercedes and his role. Means he will have interests in two F1 teams next year, when Racing Point becomes Aston Martin F1. https://t.co/vpParyg0Xi
— Lawrence Barretto (@lawrobarretto) April 18, 2020
“Firstly, the fact that I am a shareholder in the car company (Aston Martin) has nothing to do with the F1 team. I am also not involved in the negotiations between Lawrence Stroll, Otmar Szafnauer and Sebastian Vettel. Obviously I know Sebastian very well and we communicate, but it’s mostly informal.”
His comments give weight to the fact that Vettel to Aston Martin will indeed go through, at Perez’s expense. He spoke highly of Vettel, terming the 4-time champion an asset for any team.
“Sergio Perez is of course a valuable asset of that team. On the other hand, Sebastian is a World Champion who can also attract the attention of sponsors.”
” But it will be Lawrence Stroll who makes the decision.”
Sebastian Vettel called the negotiations nothing more than “loose talks”
Sebastian Vettel, on his part, is not revealing too much at the moment. He also revealed he had also been in touch with Renault before Fernando Alonso was signed instead. He spoke to Motorsport.com on the sidelines of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“I said last week that I had been in talks with Renault for example, so I think it’s also just talks. I think at a later stage with anyone, I think then it would get a bit more concrete. But at this stage, the truth is that there is nothing to announce and nothing more concrete than just loose talks.”
The 2nd of August has been ear-marked as the D-Day for the announcement, however unlikely it may seem. But it does seem like a matter of when, and not if, Sebastian Vettel to Aston Martin is a done deal.