Sebastian Vettel sits in Aston Martin Formula One car
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Aston Martin have stated their “firm intention” to have Sebastian Vettel racing for the team in 2022. Vettel, 34, has a contractual option he can trigger to continue with the constructors after this season, but the time limit for his decision is due to expire in the coming weeks.
The German driver endured a slow start with his new team this season but took second place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June, and was also runner-up in Hungary before he was disqualified for a technical infringement.
Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll said via the BBC: “We are delighted with Sebastian. It is our firm intention to continue with him next year and beyond.”
Stroll added that he expected the four-time world champion’s future to be sorted “imminently.”
Vettel won four consecutive Drivers’ titles with Red Bull from 2010-2013, but if he wants to stay in F1, there will be few options outside of Aston Martin.
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The announcement that George Russell will drive for Mercedes means all the major teams now have their line-ups finalised for 2022.
Aside from Aston Martin, the second seat at Alfa Romeo and the two at struggling Haas are the only ones yet to be confirmed.
Vettel has become increasingly involved in campaigns to promote environmental awareness of late, but Stroll was dismissive when asked if that was affecting negotiations.
He said it would have “have no bearing whatsoever on our strong and ongoing desire for him to continue to drive for us in Formula 1.”
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The ambition that His current team are showing is sure to tempt Vettel too, with Canadian billionaire Stroll recently unveiling a new F1 factory at the team’s base at Silverstone.
He claims the project will cost upward of £150 million, but was neccessary to meet the owner’s intention for his team to be competing for the World Championship within three to five years.
“It’s a hugely significant investment, above 400,000 sq ft,” Stroll said.
“It shows my belief in the team, confirms my ambitions and my belief in F1. It’s really an investment in F1.”
The current factory will be repurposed as a wellness centre, cafeteria, F1 simulator and heritage centre where guests can be entertained.
Stroll said the first phase of building, delayed by almost two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, would be ready in 18 months, the second in three years.
Stroll took over Aston Martin last year before renaming his F1 team after it for this season, and signed Vettel to replace Sergio Perez after the Mexican left for Red Bull Racing.
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