Formula 1 will lose one former world champion in the guise of Kimi Raikkonen next year and that’s about it. Sebastian Vettel will continue to race for Aston Martin, which is actually a very logical choice for the British team.
Just over a year ago, there was speculation in Formula 1 about Sebastian Vettel ‘s future for months . Early in the year it became clear that Ferrari no longer wished to use his services and that he had to look for another team for a longer stay in the premier class.
Many thought Vettel would hang up his helmet. Moreover, he had passed his best years and at times made a worn out impression, it was judged. Aston Martin picked up the German and announced today that his first year in British service will be continued. Vettel will also compete in Formula 1 in 2022 as a teammate of Lance Stroll. A good, justified choice, or would it have been better to put a young talent in that second cockpit?
Value of Sebastian Vettel
It is perhaps undeniable that Vettel may no longer have the sheer speed he could fall back on in his heyday at Red Bull. But if as a team, especially if that team is a sub-topper, you get the chance to put a four-time world champion in the car, you usually don’t think twice about it.
With those four world titles, Vettel is one of the most successful Formula 1 drivers of all time. Only Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton managed to surpass him in titles. That means that Vettel is taking a lot of luggage with him to Aston Martin.
After all, he saw up close how Red Bull became world champion and then what it took to repeat that feat three more times. In fact, he contributed to it himself. It is an invaluable experience, especially in 2022.
New rounds, new opportunities
Why exactly in 2022? Next year, the sporting and technical regulations in Formula 1 will be overhauled. Completely new cars will be driven that have to be developed from scratch. Experience is never gone. If you put a newcomer in that car, then that is someone who has nothing to fall back on.
Of course they will always have Lance Stroll on the team, but with all due respect for the steps the Canadian has made in recent years, you can’t expect him to lead the team. Not in the same way as you would expect from Vettel in any case.
Moreover, ‘new rounds, new opportunities’, is also something that applies to the German himself. The new cars are going to be a bit more old school . Maybe not in appearance, but in driving characteristics. With less downforce, the driver’s qualities become more important again and who knows, Vettel is more than the more clinical precision weapons that are driven today.
Sebastian Vettel as PR machine
At one time, Vettel may have been detested by a large group of fans. The famous ‘finger’ after a win, the whimper with which he once reported on the onboard radio when things didn’t go his way, all did not help his popularity. Last year, however, he seems to have launched a heavy charm offensive, probably unintentionally.
His new role in the lee of a sub-top team seems to have calmed him down. He now works with a calmness that is easily confused with resignation. He seems to care less about things, to instead enjoy being a Formula 1 driver and everything that comes with it. Accompany Mick Schumacher? He does it with love. Help clean the stands? He doesn’t turn a blind eye to it.
We see a new Vettel and almost everyone is falling for it. That can in no way be harmful to a brand like Aston Martin, which in addition to wanting to be successful in Formula 1, also just wants and has to sell sports cars. You can never go wrong with a public favorite like Vettel.