Ferrari’s decision to drop Sebastian Vettel as their driver after the 2020 season set in motion the silly season in the driver market last year and just as things appeared to have simmered down, the silly season was revitalized by Racing Point, now Aston Martin, who decided to drop Sergio Perez in favor of Vettel. Some felt that this wasn’t the right move but Aston Martin’s technical director Andrew Green has now elaborated on the one area where Vettel outshines Perez while speaking to Autosport
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Aston Martin Explain Why Vettel Maybe Better Than Perez
Green began by explaining how Vettel has his own driving style but how it isn’t something radical
“Yes, [Vettel] does have his own personal driving style, but that's no different to the driving styles that we've seen from other drivers”
He then compared Vettel’s style to that of Perez while also pointing out the shortcomings of the way Perez drove
"I'd say [it's] not as extreme as the driver he is replacing, who had a very extreme driving style which was very difficult to get right at all tracks. It shone at certain tracks and didn't at others”
He further elaborated on Vettel’s style
"I think Seb's style is a lot less extreme. And we have the tools and capability to tune the car to suit him for sure”
He signed off by shedding further light on all the work they have done with Vettel during the winter break
"We've already started working on that. We've been working on that for the last month in the simulator. And he seems very happy with the directions that we've taken. So, yeah, no problems there”
Alpine’s CEO Laurent Rossi has confirmed that “there is no such thing as a number one and number two driver” in their team
He reiterated that “the drivers have to be as fast as possible and will challenge each other clearly. It's like a healthy competition and that's it. There are no instructions and no number one driver”
His driver Esteban Ocon pointed out that his teammate “Fernando [Alonso] is a two-time world champion” and how ”it will be the first time” he will work “with a world champion”
Ocon also feels that as Alonso has “tested a lot over the past year and with his experience and everything he's done over the years, he will be strong right from the first race”
Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer has stated that their “goal for 2021 is to build on what” they “achieved last year and take a further step forward”
He also suggested that there “is no reason why" they “cannot achieve that with” their “talented workforce combined with the new financial investment”
He also added that “success does not come overnight, but” is “convinced that” they “are putting the key elements in place to continue moving up the grid this year and in the years ahead”
Aston Martin’s team owner Lawrence Stroll feels that “Aston Martin returning to Formula 1, after an absence of 61 years, will have a powerful effect on the sport, the media and the fans”
He added that “the team is pushing forward and” their “ambitions are limitless”. They “now have the people and the partners to make real progress”
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff suggests that Haas’ Mick Schumacher “steps into incredibly big shoes”
“Of course. Michael [Schumacher] is an icon - not just in Formula 1, but outside of it. Mick doesn't always find it easy to be compared” added Wolff
“On the other hand, he's a young man who knows what he wants and he's also had achievements in Formula 2 and Formula 3 in the past” surmised Wolff
Wolff concluded that if Mick “develops well, he will of course get the chance to be in a really strong car in the future”
Haas’ team principal Guenther Steiner has stated that they “are pleased to be partnered by Uralkali this season and beyond”
He pointed out that they “approach a new season with a new title partner and two new drivers, it’s going to be an exciting year head”
He also confirmed “that the VF-21 will not be developed as” they focus their “energies now on the 2022 car in, what” they “hope, will be a more level playing field”
Jack Aitken is “absolutely delighted to continue with Williams in the position of Reserve Driver”
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