Aston Martin CEO and team principal Otmar Szafnauer says that the team’s relaunch is much more than just a new name, title sponsor and livery, and that it’s the start of a new era for the former Racing Point squad.
“We believe we have all the ingredients in place to compete for even more podiums and hopefully victories too,” he said in a statement released by the team on Wednesday.
“It’s the start of a new journey and I can sense an extra energy in the team, with a determination to push performance further than ever before,” he added. “We have every reason to be excited about the future.”
A big part of Aston Martin’s plans is the signing of former Red Bull and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel to partner Lance Stroll.
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“It’s hugely exciting for everyone in the team. In Sebastian, we have a proven four-time world champion with experience of helping teams become race-winning and championship-contending outfits.
“That’s why he is such an important signing for us, he brings a winning mentality and we will all undoubtedly learn a lot from him on this journey.
“In Lance we have a young and talented, hard-working driver who enjoyed his best campaign to date last year and really made strides in all areas of his racing,” Szafnauer continued.
“We know if we give him the tools, he’s more than capable of helping the team reach its goals.
“We also think Sebastian will bring out the best in Lance, with Lance pushing Sebastian hard in return, so we’re delighted with our 2021 line-up. It’s the ideal blend of experience, race-winning knowhow, and raw talent.”
The team is coming off one of its best seasons including a race win at Sakhir and multiple podium finishes en route to fourth place in the constructors’ championship, despite incurring a 15 point penalty for copying elements of Mercedes’ car design too closely.