In news we thought wasn’t news because we thought it was already a done deal is the announcement from Aston Martin that Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll will stay for the team in 2022.
Aston Martin announced Vettel on a multi-year deal in 2020 when they brought him in to replace Sergio Perez so we thought everything was all set for his F1 future but it turns out there was still some uncertainty. But all of that is sorted out.
Vettel said: “I am really looking forward to racing the new generation of Formula One cars. Their look is very different and the new technical regulations should give us cars that can race much more closely than recently. More exciting racing will be great for the drivers as well as for the fans.
He continued: “The changes are so big that every team will be starting from a new beginning, so it will be a great opportunity for us at Aston Martin. I believe in the strength of our new growing team, so I am already looking forward to 2022.”
Seb was given a lifeline by Aston Martin after he was sacked by Ferrari before the 2020 season and after a shaky start he got the ball rolling with a fifth place in Monaco and then a podium in Baku. He also had a great drive to second place in Hungary before he was disqualified.
2022 will be Stroll’s fourth with the team after he joined when they were Racing Point in 2019. The announcement comes just after his best finish of the season with seventh place at Monza.
He said: “Next season I will be embarking on my sixth year in Formula One, alongside my team-mate Sebastian. We started this Aston Martin campaign together and I greatly look forward to continuing the journey with him next year. We have not achieved what we set out to do this year, but that has only amplified our hunger and drive for success next season.
“Now, with the prestige and support of Aston Martin, and the brilliant new sponsor-partners that such a prestigious brand has attracted, we are well positioned to improve our performance in 2022.”