Sebastian Vettel Opens Up on Negotiations With Lawrence Stroll Over Aston Martin Switch

Sebastian Vettel Opens Up on Negotiations With Lawrence Stroll Over Aston Martin Switch

It came as a shock of sorts when Ferrari decided to desist from continuing with Sebastian Vettel for 2021. There was a feeling that the German would no longer continue in the sport. And a sabbatical, or retirement altogether, were very genuine options.

But as the rumors mill churned, Vettel and Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll continued with their reported negotiations. Ultimately, the development was revealed, and the 4-time World Champion was quite happy about it as well.

Fans of Vettel can now continue watching him in F1, for a few more years at least. And the current Ferrari driver has talked about Lawrence Stroll and how the negotiations went on with him behind the scenes.

Sebastian Vettel has said that the negotiations were “direct and honest”

Speaking in an interview, Vettel stated, “He is a very successful man in business, he has shown that he can make the right decisions. The negotiations were direct and honest right from the start.” (translated from Google Translate)

Lawrence Stroll and Otmar Szafnauer at the paddock prior to the 2019 French Grand Prix
LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 22: Owner of Racing Point Lawrence Stroll and Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point walks in the Paddock before final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Considering Lance Stroll was always a permanent face on the drivers’ lineup, it was Sergio Perez who has had to make way. But Vettel is looking forward to working with the young Canadian racer, who could benefit from the 33-year-old’s mentorship.

“It is a special situation, my partner will be my son Lance. We are all very motivated,” concluded Vettel on the subject.  (translated from Google Translate)

Vettel and Aston Martin would look to strike a happy, functioning partnership

The move to the to-be-renamed Racing Point team will certainly come as a golden opportunity for Vettel to revitalize his career. Ferrari’s downfall has coincided with his own, and the non-renewal has left the relationship strained.

Sebastian Vettel at the Turkish Grand Prix
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during REUTERS/Clive Mason

Vettel currently ranks 13th in the Drivers’ Championship this season, and it has been poor for him by his own standards. New machinery at a different team will bring a whole host of responsibilities with it.

But his strong points are his racing intellect and experience, which is exactly what Aston Martin were looking for. And as a new era begins, Vettel will hope he can contribute to the best of his ability.