However, Sergio Perez announced on Wednesday that he will leave Racing Point at the end of the current season, despite a deal through 2022, opening a gap in the grid.
“I am extremely proud to say that I will be an Aston Martin driver in 2021,” Vettel said in a statement. “It is a new adventure for me with a truly legendary automaker. I am very impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I believe the future will be even brighter.
“Lawrence’s Will and Commitment [Stroll, Racing Point part-owner] The sport is inspiring and I believe we can build something very special together.
“I still have a lot of love for Formula 1 and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid. To do so with Aston Martin would be a huge privilege.”
Vettel won four consecutive world championships with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013, but his driving has been plagued with errors in recent times. In 2018, several missteps in the second half of the season led Vettel to squander Ferrari’s lead and chances of winning its first world title since 2007.
Vettel is 13th in the drivers’ standings, having scored just 16 points so far this season, and 29 points behind teammate Leclerc.
However, in terms of wins, Vettel is the third most successful man in the sport’s history, behind only Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.
Racing Point said the Vettel deal “is a clear statement of the team’s ambition to establish itself as one of the most competitive names in the sport.”
“Everyone at Silverstone is extremely excited by this news,” Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer said in a statement. “Sebastian is a proven champion and delivers a winning mentality that matches our ambitions going forward as the 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 usher us into this new era. He will play a role. important in taking this team to the next level.”
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