Lawrence Stroll has expressed his hope that Sebastian Vettel will continue his journey with Aston Martin and “stay forever” with the team.
Vettel has confirmed he will stay with the team next season, and team owner Stroll has been vocal about how Aston Martin’s expansion of staff, new factory, new wind tunnel, and hiring spree mean they are trying to put a structure in place to compete for wins and titles in the future – and the Canadian wants Vettel to be a big part of that rise to the top, even if it isn’t as a driver.
As a result, team principal Otmar Szafnauer expects to begin discussions with the 53-time race winner over a new contract for 2023 earlier than they did this year.
Aside from a podium in Azerbaijan, Vettel and Aston Martin have mostly competed in Formula One’s midfield this season, and they are now seventh in the Constructors’ Championship.
Stroll explained how Vettel’s decision had been made, but he emphasized that the Aston Martin owner did not want to lose his services in future.
“I think it was a perfect storm for both Sebastian and us [when his Ferrari departure was announced in 2020],” Stroll said.
“Sebastian and I have known each other for a while. He understood very clearly my passion and plans for the team.
“When we became Aston Martin, it wasn’t transformative in name only, it was transformative in the direction and the plans of the business and the direction the business was going in.
“We were recruiting over 250 new people and it is not just the quantity but the quality and it is all about bringing Aston Martin back to winning World Championships.
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