After six seasons at Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel will move next year to Aston Martin, Lawrence Stroll’s team, which is still called Racing Point.
He began his career in Formula 1 as a test driver for BMW Sauber and made his debut race as part of this team in 2007 in the USA, immediately earning points, but he already had a contract with Red Bull, so in the same year Sebastian moved to Toro Rosso. In September 2008, in Monza, he won a historic first victory for the team from Faenza, then played for Red Bull Racing, becoming a four-time world champion, and since 2015 he is a Ferrari driver, although he has only eight Grand Prix left in the Scuderia.
But he will have to move to a new team, the owners of which have very ambitious plans, and the German press is trying to draw parallels between the careers of Vettel and Michael Schumacher. The future seven-time world champion won the first two titles together with Benetton, then from 1996 to 2006 he played for Ferrari, and this was his most successful period. Then Michael temporarily parted ways with Formula 1, and in 2010 joined the Mercedes team, just created on the basis of Brawn GP.
However, Sebastian Vettel, who is also probably on the cusp of the final chapter of his career, does not want to be compared to Schumacher.
“There is no point in making any comparisons. Firstly, then it was a different time, and secondly, it was a different team and Michael had different tasks, – said Sebastian. – The most important thing is that Michael, when he moved to Mercedes, was at a different age, and before that there was a three-year break in his career. My career has not been interrupted, I just change teams.
You need to have ambitions, you need to set high goals for yourself, and Lawrence Stroll’s goals coincide with mine. This unites us. He clearly understands what he wants to achieve, and this made a strong impression on me. Although it is clear that at the very beginning of the project, one should not expect that development will go by leaps and bounds.
So far I have nothing to do with Racing Point and do not take part in meetings at which this team discusses plans to build a new car. I’m not allowed to do this at all, because I still work for Ferrari.
But when I was choosing a new team, factors such as transparency and openness were important to me. I wanted to be told clearly what is possible and what is not. And in the end I think I made the right choice. “