Sebastian Vettel will lead Ston Martin’s new F1 programme next year. The speculation began before the season, from the moment the announcement came that the Vettel-Ferrari partnership would not continue beyond this year. There was no place at the Scuderia for the four-time champion. No place at Mercedes or Red Bull, either.
But Racing Point? With Aston Martin branding from next year as befitting its new identity under the ambitious ownership of multi-billionaire Lawrence Stroll? The Racing Point’s strong form in the early part of this season further encouraged Vettel. Stroll saw the marketing dream of a multiple champion leading the new Aston Martin programme and is said to have been the driving force behind making it happen.
Which – with one car driven by Lance Stroll, the boss’ son – obviously meant there would be no place there for Sergio Pérez, who has delivered some great results over his seven years there.