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Sebastian Vettel joins Aston Martin for F1 2021 season after disastrous campaign at Ferrari so far

SEBASTIAN VETTEL has signed a multi-year deal to drive for Aston Martin F1.

The four-time world champion has agreed terms with the Silverstone-based team, formerly known as Force India and now called Racing Point.

The team is now owned by billionaire, Lawrence Stroll and will be renamed as Aston Martin from next season.

Vettel, 33, will partner Stroll’s son, Lance Stroll, in the team after being shown the door by Ferrari.

The German has made no secret of his desire to remain in the sport while Aston Martin are hoping his experience will help them challenge for wins.

Vettel said: “I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future. I’m extremely proud to say that I will become an Aston Martin driver in 2021.

“It’s a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company. I have been impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I believe the future looks even brighter.

“The energy and commitment of Lawrence to the sport is inspiring and I believe we can build something very special together.

“I still have so much love for Formula One and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid.

“To do so with Aston Martin will be a huge privilege.”

Vettel, who won all his titles with Milton Keynes-based Red Bull Racing, is a huge lover of English culture, plus a big James Bond fan.

His switch to the team had been expected after being seen leaving the British GP in the same car as Racing Point’s team principal, Otmar Szafnauer.

Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions.

And after Sergio Perez was released from his long-term deal on Wednesday night ahead of this weekend’s Tuscan GP, Vettel has now been confirmed.

Szafnauer added: “Everybody at Silverstone is hugely excited by this news. Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as Aston Martin F1 Team.

“On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, Sebastian is one of the best in the world, and I can’t think of a better driver to help take us into this new era. He will play a significant role in taking this team to the next level.”

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