Granting that Mercedes will be the “big favorite” next season, Sebastian Vettel says his own chances of success will depend on the car donated by Aston Martin.
After six seasons with Ferrari, which included two runner-up results in the championship, Vettel swaps in the off-season.
The 33-year-old moves to Aston Martin, currently racing as Racing Point, replacing Sergio Perez after team owner Lawrence Stroll paid the Mexican driver such was his desire to have Vettel in the car along with his son, Lance Stroll.
Although it may have seemed unthinkable 12 months ago, Vettel’s move to Aston Martin could be seen as a step up the grid given Ferrari’s dull 2020 form.
However that will not Vettel fight for the World Championship next season.
“It’s hard to say,” he told Sky Germany of his goals.
“Anyone who knows F1 knows that wording goals always depends on the options of the car and the team.
“Next year Mercedes will be the favorite again.”
He is, however, excited about the Aston Martin challenge.
“The challenge. The mood. Deal with a new project on both sides, get together and have fun together, ”he said of his new adventure.
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The Sunday Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a race in which Ferrari did not win even one point, marked Vettel’s final race in red and with Charles Leclerc as his teammate.
While there were some suggestions during the year that Leclerc’s long-term contract with Vettel is what meant the end of the German’s time with Ferrari, Vettel had only kind words for his teammate.
Leclerc may have only contested his third season in Formula One, but the four-time World Champion says he learned “a thing or two” from the youngster.
“Charles is incredibly fast,” he said of the Monegasque driver.
“He has his own way of driving the car and dealing with problems. There are two or three things that stay with me in that sense.
“I also learned a lot from Kimi. I think you can learn a thing or two from each driver.
“I think we get along very well.
“We’re both at a very different time in our careers, but we’ve both been able to learn from each other. That’s why I wouldn’t want to waste our time together.”
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