The Aston Martin F1 team has confirmed as widely anticipated that Sebastian Vettel will race once again alongside Lance Stroll next season.
Delays in extending Vettel’s contract led to speculation that the four-time world champion and the Silverstone-based outfit’s talks had perhaps reached a snag.
Aston team boss Otmar Szafnauer repeated dismissed the speculation, insisting that both team and driver were simply taking their time to review the fine print of Vettel’s extension.
The German driver has outscored Stroll so far this season, thanks in large part to a runner-up spot at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Vettel also finished second in Hungary earlier this summer, but was later excluded from the results due to a minimum fuel infraction.
“I am really looking forward to racing the new generation of F1 cars,” said Vettel, commenting on his prospects for next season.
“Their look is very different and the new technical regulations should give us cars that can race much more closely than recently.
“More exciting racing will be great for the drivers as well as for the fans. The changes are so big that every team will be starting from a new beginning, so it will be a great opportunity for us at Aston Martin.
“I believe in the strength of our new growing team, so I am already looking forward to 2022.”
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Stroll delivered his best result with his team this season in last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix which he finished seventh.
The young Canadian’s results have fallen short of his expectations, but the 22-year-old charger is looking forward to moving up the order in 2022.