London, September 10
Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel will drive for Racing Point, beginning subsequent season.
The crew, which can be renamed Aston Martin, introduced the transfer on Thursday, a day after driver Sergio Perez stated he was on his method out.
The crew stated Vettel has signed for the 2021 season “and past” however didn’t reveal the size of the contract.
“The signing of Sebastian is a transparent assertion of the crew’s ambition to determine itself as one of the vital aggressive names within the sport,” the crew stated in a press release.
“As a four-time world champion, Sebastian brings a recent mindset to the crew.”
One of essentially the most profitable drivers in F1, Vettel is leaving Ferrari on the finish of this season after he was not supplied a brand new contract. He can be changed by McLaren driver Carlos Sainz at Ferrari subsequent yr.
Vettel has gained 53 grand prix races, a tally solely surpassed by Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. He gained 4 consecutive titles with Red Bull from 2010-13 and joined Ferrari in 2015 with the intention to win one other.
But he by no means had a automobile actually able to difficult Mercedes throughout his stint with the Scuderia, the place he misplaced his No. 1 standing as teammate Charles Leclerc got here to prominence.
“It’s a brand new journey for me with a very legendary automobile firm,” Vettel stated.
“I’ve been impressed with the outcomes the crew has achieved this yr and I imagine the long run seems to be even brighter. I nonetheless have a lot love for Formula 1 and my solely motivation is to race on the entrance of the grid.”
Currently fourth within the constructors’ standings, Racing Point was handed a 400,000 euro ($470,000) positive and docked 15 factors final month for copying a Mercedes design for its brake ducts. The crew, nevertheless, was allowed to proceed to make use of the offending elements this season.
Racing Point’s different driver is Lance Stroll, the son of co-owner Lawrence Stroll. AP