“Only to make Lance Stroll look better”: Former F1 boss slams Aston Martin motive behind hiring Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is a four-time world champion. As such, he has his fair share of detractors. Their voices grow louder every time Vettel doesn’t match his results from years past. There are prices to pay even for greatness.

Former Jordan team manager Colin Kolles has gotten in on this act, criticising new outfit Aston Martin for bringing him in. At Aston Martin, Vettel was hired to bring winning experience, marketing value and pace to the track.

Although Vettel’s start to life at his new team hasn’t been the best, Kolles, however, is critical of the move for another reason.

He said, “Vettel was only taken to make Lance Stroll look better than he actually is. Lawrence Stroll wants to make his son world champion.”

Kolles echoes worries of David Coulthard’s original theory, where the latter theorized that the reason team owner Lawrence signed Vettel was to develop his son Lance Stroll’s career. Beating a four-time champion would go a long in lending some major credibility for the former Racing Point driver.

It is common knowledge that Kolles isn’t the biggest fan of Aston Martin. In fact, he had even warned Vettel to watch his back before. So his current statements could either be a genuine appeal to Vettel, or a means to further attack Aston Martin.

The driver’s way

Sebastian Vettel hasn’t had the best start to the season. As such, he is attracting plenty of criticism. However, he hasn’t let it affect him.

In response to how he takes criticism, Vettel said, “I’ve never really cared about what people think, say or write. That’s why I think it’s important that I agree I am at peace with myself.”

He asserted his stance on it by further commenting, “I don’t care what people think. I think it’s more about showing the team and myself than the people out there.”

The Portuguese Grand Prix saw Vettel place higher than teammate Lance Stroll for the first time this season. In order to prove a lot of narratives wrong, he may have to do that a few times more.

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