The Aston Martin-bound driver Sebastian Vettel was very close to quitting the sport altogether. Read on to find out why he is now “very, very excited” for the next step in his career.
Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel, a racer from Germany, said that he was very close to quitting the sport but had a change of heart because of Aston Martin’s 2021 move.
Vettel’s team announced on Thursday that the new coalition formed will be named “Aston Martin,” featuring Vettel, who will replace Sergio Perez. Sergio revealed the new setup only a day before he planned to leave.
The said move ends months of speculation for Vettel, who was pondering in taking the retirement.
According to a recent report by SkySports, the athlete said that it was not an easy decision for him to make, considering the last few months have been intense, and the next is quite unpredictable.
Vettel’s recent performance
Vettel managed to win only one race last year when he was outperformed by his junior teammate Charles Leclerc, who was in his first season with Ferrari.
In both 2017 and 2018, Vettel has had a dip in performance; he lost to Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
And this year has been even worse for Vettel, who lasted only a few laps before he had to retire in Monza. Ferrari is struggling in this season heavily, in its search for speed and reliability.
Aston Martin seems to be a better fit for Vettel, given his level of excitement. It appears as if he will finally have a car to take on the Mercedes.
Hope for the future
Vettel believes that Aston Martin is truly a legendary company and considers this opportunity as a new adventure in his life. He added that he still a lot of love for Formula 1, and racing at the front of the grid is his only motivation.
Moreover, Perez got the official news on Wednesday.
“Nobody told me anything, but I already knew and figured out a couple of things. The final confirmation came yesterday, it’s fine. Seven years with the team, I know everything has a beginning and also an end. We still have nine races to make each other proud,” Perez said, as reported by News 18.
The 30-year-old Mexican is in his prime and is considered one of the quickest drivers on his day. Perez said that he is still very young and hungry for an adrenaline rush, also aiming to stay in Formula 1.
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