While Ferrari may be in a sharp and drastic decline, there’s another team on the grid, whose fortunes couldn’t be in greater contrast to that of the Italian outfit. That team is Racing Point. The Silverstone-based outfit, which will be called Aston Martin in 2021, has made major progress this season and even has the car to become a regular podium challenger.
Not only fans but also rival teams were left astounded by the RP20’s pace in the opening two races. Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll showed why this team could be the dark horses of the season by flying up the grid, despite struggling during qualifying due to the weather conditions. Perez started the race in P17 but rocketed up to P6 by the time he crossed the checkered flag. He was on track to finish P4 had not a collision with Alex Albon given him a damaged wing.
However, if the latest reports from ‘Bild‘ are to be believed, the Mexican’s contract could be cut short in favor of welcoming Sebastian Vettel to the team. According to Motorsport, the German website claims that a contract has been offered to the German at the expense of Perez, who has a contract until 2022.
Apparently, Racing Point can trigger an early exit clause in Perez’s contract. This would release Perez from his current deal with the team, freeing up a seat at the team.
Now we analyze why Racing Point/Aston Martin wants Vettel on their books for next year.
3 reasons why Aston Martin wants to join hands with Sebastian Vettel for 2021, at the expense of Sergio Perez
1. The lure of a 4-times world champion is too hard to resist
As Aston Martin looks to take the next step in their aim to win a world championship, why would they want to ignore someone who has been there and done that? Vettel is only 3 years older than Perez but unlike the Mexican, Vettel brings the know-how and all the tricks of the trade required to make Aston Martin a title contender in the future.
2. Experience galore
Perez’s resume is clearly no match for Vettel. The German has been on the podium an astounding 112 times more than Perez has. He has also won 53 races to the Mexican’s zilch. By no means are we trying to degrade Perez, who really is a very skilled driver. But if Aston Martin wants to make a real statement of intent, then their choice is pretty straightforward.
3. The dad connection that spells doom for Checo
If Aston Martin wants to bring in Vettel why would they want to ax Perez? Especially when the team already has a more ‘axable’ resource. The answer to that is simple. Lance Stroll is the son of team owner Lawrence Stroll. Were it any other team, fans would have seen Vettel partnering Perez for 2021, but not in this team. Unfortunately for Perez, that spells adios.