The Checkered Flag
BWT Racing Point F1 Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said that the team has not contacted Sebastian Vettel about driving for the team in 2021 when they become Aston Martin Formula 1 Team.
Vettel’s future has been subject to plenty of speculation after he announced that he would be leaving Scuderia Ferrari after the 2020 Formula 1 season. Along with Aston Martin, the German has been linked to the likes of Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, Renault DP World F1 Team, and even to a potential retirement.
Amidst the rumors however, Szafnauer has stated that the team is not looking for a “headline” driver as they become Aston Martin next season and that no discussions have taken place with the four-time world champion.
“Seb and I have been friends for a long time, even before he was a Formula 1 driver I knew him, and ironically he hasn’t called me, so I haven’t had the conversation,” Szafnauer told the F1 Nation podcast.
“I can’t speak for Seb but we all know what a great job he’s done. He won early on in the Toro Rosso which was fantastic, and four world championships.
“He’s had some great races and I think at his relatively young age of 33 he still has some good years left in him. But that’s not for me to say.”
Szafnauer also told F1 Nation that the team was happy with their current lineup of Sergio Perez, who is on a multi-year deal with the team, and Lance Stroll, the son of team owner Lawrence Stroll, heading into 2021.
“We’re really happy with our driver line-up and they’re signed up as well, they work well together,” he said.
“We’ve got Checo [Perez], who, on a Sunday is as good as anyone. He’s very calculated, very clever, good racer, looks after his tyres.
“Lance is much younger than Sergio and learning very quickly, but very, very fast. He has great starts, and when he’s in the thick of it, can race really well. And he’s learning.
“I think eventually Lance will overtake Sergio and having that combination of young and experience is perfect for us.”