Aston Martin Team Leader Otmar Safnauer on the upcoming season, the factory team – and the role of Sebastian Vettel in it …
Otmar Safnauer: “This year we will be able to work for the first time with a world champion who has previously played in top teams that have won many races and titles. Sebastian’s experience was one of the main reasons for signing the contract. He has a winning mentality, we will learn a lot from him.
In addition to Vettel, we have Lance Stroll – young, talented, hardworking. He had a great last season, but we are convinced that he is capable of more. I have no doubt that if we provide these riders with good technique, there will be results.
In addition, Sebastian will play an important role in Lance’s development. Stroll has a lot to learn, they will motivate each other to do more. I think we have a great combination of youth and experience.
We are looking forward to the start of the season. We had about a year to prepare to appear as a factory Aston Martin team. Everyone on the team is honored to represent such a brand. Our team has been competing in Formula 1 for thirty years under various names, sometimes annoying the top teams with their results at very modest expenses. We have earned a reputation for exceeding expectations. This gives us confidence that we will be able to adequately represent the Aston Martin brand.
We operate under a fantastic name, we have loyal partners investing in the racing team, we have experienced employees – we have all the ingredients for success, allowing us to hope that in 2021 we will take the podium several more times, ideally, we will win another victory. By the end of 2022, we will be moving to a new base at Silverstone.
The official presentation of the team will take place in March at the Gaydon Aston Martin plant, where we will present a livery and a new car. “
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