Sebastian Vettel will make a sensational switch to the rebranded Aston Martin Formula 1 team next season after being announced on a “multi-year” deal.
Vettel has been a free agent since Ferrari opted to not offer the German a contract renewal, paving way for Racing Point to begin talks over a deal.
The signing of four-time world champion Vettel marks a statement of intent from the Silverstone-based outfit, who will be renamed Aston Martin in 2021.
The news follows Sergio Perez’s announcement that he would be leaving Racing Point at the end of the season, making way for Vettel to partner Lance Stroll, son of team owner Lawrence Stroll.
“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,” Vettel said.
”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 [Stroll] to the sport is inspiring and I believe we can build something very special together.
”I still have so much love for Formula 1 and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid. To do so with Aston Martin will be a huge privilege.”
Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer believes Vettel’s arrival will see him bring a “winning mentality” having won won four drivers’ title and 53 grand prix’s in his 13-year F1 career.
“Everybody at Silverstone is hugely excited by this news,” said Szafnauer. “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.”
Vettel is currently 13th in the drivers’ standings on 16 points after eight races in 2020, with a best finish of sixth at the Hungarian Grand Prix.