Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer has spoken extensively about the prospects of Aston Martin for 2021 and beyond. The American of Romanian heritage believes all the ingredients are in place for Silverstone-based outfit’s success.
Aston Martin name will be making an appearance in a Formula 1 race after over 60 years. Formerly known as Racing Point, the team has finished 4th, missing out on the last place on the podium to McLaren by just 7 points.
“With a new name, committed shareholders, fresh investment, and an experienced team, we believe we have all the ingredients in place to compete for even more podiums and hopefully victories too,” says Szafnauer. “It’s the start of a new journey and I can sense extra energy in the team, with a determination to push performance further than ever before. Combined with some of the most creative minds in the business, a true racers’ mentality and the can-do spirit that has served us so well through the years, we have every reason to be excited about the future.”
Furthermore, it is said that the arrival of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has reinvigorated the team, with the German’s race-winning experience to be a valuable asset. “It’s hugely exciting for everyone in the team. In Sebastian, we have a proven four-time world champion with experience of helping teams become race-winning and championship-contending outfits,” emphasized Szafnauer and underlined his winning mentality.
However, the other side of the garage remains unchanged. Szafnauer believes that a driver of Vettel’s calibre can help “bring out the best” in Stroll: “In Lance, we have a young and talented, hard-working driver who enjoyed his best campaign to date last year and really made strides in all areas of his racing.” Stroll is looking to build on the two podiums and a maiden pole position of 2020. “We know if we give him the tools, he’s more than capable of helping the team reach its goals.”
“We also think Sebastian will bring out the best in Lance, with Lance pushing Sebastian hard in return, so we’re delighted with our 2021 line-up. It’s the ideal blend of experience, race-winning knowhow, and raw talent,” concluded Aston Marin team principal.