Canadian-owned team will keep current driver lineup for their second season since rebranding from Racing Point
By Yuri Coghe
Canadian-owned Aston Martin has confirmed Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel will remain as the team’s driving duo for the 2022 F1 season.
Both drivers “have become an integral part of the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team”, read a statement released on Thursday. “We look forward to the new era of Formula One, led by our two drivers,” the team said, referring to the completely redesigned cars set to debut in 2022.
Vettel, who won four drivers’ championships as a Red Bull driver from 2010 to 2013, signed with Aston Martin after spending six years with Ferrari. The German shows up 12th in the standings with 35 points. He made it to the podium in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The team sits seventh in the constructors’ championship with 59 points – quite a downgrade from their 2020 counterpart Racing Point, who finished fourth in the team’s standings.
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“The first-ever season for Aston Martin got off to a disappointing start, owing to the regulatory changes over the winter that disadvantaged the two teams whose cars utilize a low-rake aero philosophy,” said owner Lawrence Stroll, Canadian businessman and Lance’s father, in a press release.
“But we have made good progress over the past few months, and both Lance and Sebastian have delivered some excellent performances,” he added. “They have had more than their fair share of bad luck, but in 2022 we are delighted to be continuing with such an excellent blend of youthful talent and experienced expertise.”
Drivers hoping for a better 2022
Both Vettel and Stroll are hoping the next season and its new cars can bring better results for the Canadian-owned team
“I am really looking forward to racing the new generation of Formula One cars,” Vettel said. “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,” the German added.
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“Next season I will be embarking on my sixth year in Formula One, alongside my team-mate Sebastian,” said Stroll. “We started this Aston Martin campaign together and I greatly look forward to continuing the journey with him next year.
“We have not achieved what we set out to do this year, but that has only amplified our hunger and drive for success next season. Now, with the prestige and support of Aston Martin, and the brilliant new sponsor-partners that such a prestigious brand has attracted, we are well-positioned to improve our performance in 2022.”
Aston Martin team principal and CEO Otmar Szafnauer praised Stroll and Vettel for what they bring to the team.
“Lance is one of the most gifted drivers in modern Formula One, and to that raw talent, he is now adding serious racecraft. A four-time world champion, having driven 271 Grands Prix, of which he has won 53, Sebastian is also a massive asset to our team,” Szafnauer said.
“Next year we expect both of them to race well in what will be a very different formula from the current one. We never under-estimate our opposition, so we do not intend to over-promise, but we know that Lance and Sebastian will get the very best from the tools we will put at their disposal.”
Next year’s grid
Only Alfa Romeo’s second seat is still up for grabs as Haas is expected to keep their current duo consisting of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
All other teams have officially announced their drivers for the upcoming season.
Alfa Romeo is adding Valtteri Bottas, currently a Mercedes driver, to replace fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen, who’s retiring at the end of the season. William’s George Russell is headed to Mercedes to become Lewis Hamiton’s third teammate in the German outfit.
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Williams signed former Red Bull man Alex Albon to partner up with Canadian Nicholas Latifi in 2022.
Dutch FE champion Nyck De Vries is rumoured to have already signed for Alfa Romeo to become Bottas’ teammate, which would leave Italian Antonio Giovinazzi without a seat for 2022.