“Sebastian will bring out the best in Lance” – Aston Martin F1 team principal Otmar Szafnauer is excited about the Vettel-Stroll pairing this season.
Aston Martin F1 is making its return to the sport this season with Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll. This after Sergio Perez was let go for the former in the team’s earlier avatar Racing Point.
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While Vettel is a four-time world champion, Stroll is a raw talent who exceeded expectations last season, winning two podiums and grabbing a pole position. Speaking to Motorsport.com, Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer called it “hugely exciting” for them, and is intrigued by the blend of the two drivers.
“It’s hugely exciting for everyone on the team. In Sebastian, we have a proven four-time World Champion with experience of helping teams become race-winning and Championship-contending outfits. That’s why he is such an important signing for us. He brings a winning mentality and we will all undoubtedly learn a lot from him on this journey.
“In Lance, we have a young and talented, hard-working driver who enjoyed his best campaign to date last year and really made strides in all areas of his racing. We know if we give him the tools, he’s more than capable of helping the team reach its goals.
“We also think Sebastian will bring out the best in Lance, with Lance pushing Sebastian hard in return, so we are delighted with our 2021 line-up. It’s the ideal blend of experience, race-winning knowhow, and raw talent.”