The stable Racing Point, which will be renamed Aston Martin in the next year, would have liked to confirm the hiring of Sebastian Vettel in the last few days in England, but because of the positive test to the COVID-19 suffered by Sergio Perez last week, the announcement has been postponed to a later time.
At least that is what was reported by The Gazzetta dello Sport in its edition of Thursday, citing reliable sources.
According to the highly credible daily Italian sports, the quadruple world champion would sign a three-year contract with this team, currently known as the Racing Point and headed by billionaire quebec Lawrence Stroll.
Out of respect for the driver, a mexican, who would thereby lose his steering wheel at the end of the season, the leaders of the team have elected to defer the confirmation. But it seems so clear now that Vettel will indeed be the team-mate Lance Stroll the next season.
The publication also suggests that the two parties began their discussions, there are more than two months. The stable, Ferrari had informed in may last, that the services of the German pilot of 33 years and were no longer required in 2021, and will be replaced by Spaniard Carlos Sainz.
This is The Gazzetta dello Sport , who announced the divorce of Vettel with Scuderia.
A journey rough draft
Aston Martin hopes to not only make Vettel one of its two drivers holders in F1, but also an ambassador for its brand of cars.
Several informed observers questioned, however, on the recruitment of Vettel, whose star has faded in recent years.
Since the beginning of this season, the German occupies the 13th position in the drivers ‘ standings with a thin crop of 10 points.
In four starts, his best result was a sixth place in Hungary. The last of his 53 victories in F1, dating back to September 2019 at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Despite a car-a clear regression this year, his young team-mate Charles Leclerc has also a very poorly made to seem. The Monaco has managed to reach the podium two times in 2020.
A valuable acquisition
About Sergio Pérez, a fourth pilot to the most experienced of the current plateau in F1, he proved to be a valuable acquisition for Racing Point.
The Mexican of 30 years is associated with this organization for 2014, as it was called at that time Force India. Reliable, he has built this solid reputation to complete regularly his race and collect valuable points for his team.
Then, non-negligible, its presence in F1, with the financial participation of sponsors mexicans, including the total amount of the contributions is estimated to be approximately $ 15 million.
The agreement Pérez is still valid until the end of the season 2021, but a clause that would allow Racing to terminate it by of course a monetary compensation.
Some in the media have indicated that once the date of July 31, exceeded, Racing Point could not be dissociated from the Mexican. What the team has, however, denied.
Instead of Räikkönen ?
The departure of Pérez does not mean for as much as it would without the steering wheel the next year.
It reported of his coming, very likely in Alfa Romeo in place of the veteran Kimi Räikkönen, who will be 41 years in October. Without the wheel, the Finn would not have other choice than to retire from F1.
Räikkönen, world champion in 2007 at the wheel of a Ferrari, is only six entries to match the all-time record of 323 departures in F1, that holds the Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.