After spending the last five seasons with Scuderia Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel will have a new home in 2021.
Vettel will move to BWT Racing Point, rebranding as Aston Martin F1 Team next season, and fill the vacant spot left by Sergio Perez, the team announced Thursday (Sept. 10). The four-time World Champion will run alongside Lance Stroll for “2021 and beyond,” though the exact details have not been announced. Vettel announced that he would not return to Scuderia Ferrari in 2021 and since has been on the fence of remaining in Formula 1.
“I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future,” said Vettel. “I’m extremely proud to say that 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] 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.”
Vettel has 53 career victories, his most recent coming in 2019 on the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore.
“Everybody at Silverstone is hugely excited by this news,” said Otmar Szafnauer, principal owner of BWT Racing Point. “Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as Aston Martin F1 Team.
“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.”