Sebastian Vettel will hope that Aston Martin will prove to be just the catalyst he needed to revive his Formula 1 career. However, before his first race for the team, the German refused to rule out a switch to Mercedes once Hamilton calls time on his career.
Vettel denied speculation that his German heritage could play a role in him being offered a seat at Mercedes. The 33-year-old is a four-time world champion and knows eventually it is his performances on the track that will attract interest.
What augurs well for Vettel is the fact that Aston Martin will be using Mercedes-powered engines.
“I don’t think my German heritage plays a role in that. I don’t know what Mercedes’ plan is, but I also heard that Hamilton has a new deal for it one year,” Vettel said.
“But yes, my home is here now (at Aston Martin) and we are quite busy with everything. We have a big challenge ahead of us and that is what we have to deal with something I’m thinking about, so um, I don’t know.”
Vettel will hope that Aston Martin can help spring him into prominence once again after a rather disappointing campaign with Ferrari last season.
Not only did Vettel finish behind teammate Charles Leclerc at Ferrari, he came 13th in the drivers’ standings.
Vettel will drive alongside Lance Stroll on the grid for the 2021 season. Former F1 driver Christian Klien has suggested that he could face psychological problems if he is unable to beat Stroll.