“New year, new me.” were the words Aston Martin chose to introduce itself to the Formula 1 paddock. Rebranding from Racing Point, the team embarks towards a new era after clinching their first win last year at the Shakir Grand Prix. However, team owner Lawrence Stroll claims, we’re yet to see the best from the British-racing-green coloured cars in the future.
“My aim with this, like the other businesses I’ve owned, is to win,” Aston Martin boss told BBC Sport. After acquiring the team in 2018, Lawrence Stroll aims are high, right there at the very top, with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel in the machinery.
“F1 is a process that takes years to be successful; it is not an overnight thing. This will be the same. I want to continue where we finished last year, only stronger.” said Stroll at the event announcing a multi-year sponsorship deal with an American IT consulting company Cognizant.
“We had several podiums, we had a win. I’d like this year to have several more podiums and another win or step by step fighting for more and more wins.” said the Canadian, but the main focus remains on the season after: “We have the new rules coming in for 2022, we are here to win, it’s why I’m here, it’s why we’re all here, but I have the ability to give us the resources we need to win.” he added.
Stroll emphasised that signing Sebastian Vettel underlines the team’s ambition, believing the German will be back at his best after a difficult farewell season with Ferrari: “Sebastian had a very challenging year last year. All of us would find it challenging that you lose your job before the season starts. That’s mentally very difficult, and you know how mental a game F1 is for drivers. He had a car he found tricky to drive that didn’t suit his driving style. We’ve seen that before in his last year at Red Bull.” added Stroll, remembering the 2014 season when Vettel was out-scored by, then the new kid on the block, Daniel Ricciardo.
However, Stroll has no concerns regarding his team’s driver line-up going forward: “He’s a four-time world champion. I don’t think he forgot how to drive in one year. He has a work ethic that is known as second to none in the paddock in terms of how hard he works. One of the ways we are going to be world champions is to get my guys to think and act like world champions. And how do you do that? Bring a four-time world champion into the team.” concludes Stroll. “He is going to take the team in a direction of leading us to where ultimately we want to be.”