Vettel to Racing Point: German Racer’s move to Aston martin comes to a halt after Sergio Perez’s COVID-19 diagnosis brought it to a halt.
Reports from Sebastian Vettel’s Germany and Sergio Perez’s Mexico had suggested that the deal to bring in Vettel to replace Perez at Aston Martin will be done by 2nd August. This was touted as the date because Perez’s special exit clause deadline was reportedly the 31st of August.
Vettel to Racing Point delays due to Perez’s COVID-19 positive test
Well, the deal hasn’t gone through yet, at least ‘officially’. Interestingly, Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin promoter Lawrence Stroll were seen talking to each other at Silverstone. On one instance, they even bumped at each other, as seen in the tweet:
Vettel to Racing Point 2021 confirmed pic.twitter.com/6aFGQcTpxC
— Mathieu Thornton (@GTA_matty234) August 2, 2020
Sky F1’s pit lane reporter Ted Kravitz has suggested there is more than meets the eye between Vettel and Lawrence. According to him, the pre-scheduled announcement was delayed after Perez tested positive for COVID-19. It would have been terrible on Racing Point’s part to announce their longest-serving driver Sergio’s departure in such conditions.
“Didn’t you think it was an interesting meeting between the two? Between Vettel and Lawrence Stroll, the boss of Racing Point? I thought so. At the beginning of the weekend, it was already rumoured that we would get confirmation that the deal between Vettel and Racing Point is complete.”
“Then suddenly Sergio Perez’s positive COVID-19 test came around the corner and it became clear that there would be no confirmation of any kind. They wouldn’t do that to Sergio and maybe the deal wasn’t complete yet”.
Sebastian Vettel to Racing Point is a done deal
Lastly, Ted went on to reaffirm his belief that Sebastian Vettel to Aston Martin is a ‘done deal’. The announcement is expected once Sergio Perez fully recovers, as he is currently in isolation. Sergio’s old Force India pal Nico Hulkenberg has taken the Racing Point driving seat until he fully recovers.
“At least something was going on this weekend and there is little doubt in the paddock that Sebastian Vettel will wear silver, green or pink next year. Depending on who will be the main sponsor of Aston Martin.”