Why Aston Martin's F1 History Is Very Significant
While we wait to see Sebastian in green, let us look at Aston Martin's past F1 history...
As you may know, Racing Point F1 Team and Aston Martin have revealed they will be rebranding Racing Point into Aston Martin next year. The part-owner of the Racing Point F1 Team, Lawrence Stroll, is also the Executive Chairman of Aston Martin, helping to rebrand the pink panthers into the British brand. In 2021, we will be seeing the British racing green on the track again, well, most of us have not seen Aston Martin on the F1 grid. Unless you were born in the 40s, it would be pretty unusual if you were born in 2001 and remember seeing Aston Martin live in F1. Now that the iconic motorsport team and name are returning to F1, we will all get a chance to witness one of the most, let's just say 'interesting' teams in F1. Let's not forget they will also have one of the finest F1 drivers on the grid, 4-Time World Champion and bound Aston Martin driver, Sebastian Vettel, will be the new addition to the new team. The German will race for the new Aston Martin F1 Team alongside Lance Stroll.
Aston Martin has also dropped a hint and clue on their Instagram that their 2021 Livery will be green. With a 'rumored' and set announcement expected on January 1st.
When did Aston Martin join Formula 1?
After a break of more than 60 years, Aston Martin is finally returning to its roots. But when did Aston Martin actually join F1 you ask? Aston Martin joined Formula 1 in 1959, although this is where the weird part comes, they also left in 1960, failing to score any points in their first and last season. The team went on a 60-year hiatus, and well guess what? They're back, and better than ever... hopefully. If you are a racing fanatic you might know that Aston Martin has very strong motorsport roots, such as Le Mans, GTE, GT3, and GT4 racing. Recently, a few months ago, Aston Martin revealed they will return to F1, and they will replace the current Racing Point team.
What will happen to Aston Martin Red Bull?
Yet, this has many people wondering what will happen between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin. Obviously, Aston Martin has been a big part of Red Bull Racing, as they are in a partnership with the F1 Team. Also known as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, it is common sense that Red Bull has no plans to keep Aston Martin as its title sponsor next year, as now they will have their own team. Red Bull Racing team principal, Christian Horner has recalled how it has been with Aston Martin these past four years...
"We will have new sponsors that we introduce into next year. "
"Aston Martin obviously won't be on our car." Christian Added
"We've enjoyed four years, three years as title, and four years with them on the car. We've helped to push the brand, and we've obviously enjoyed a great relationship with the Valkyrie project."
"Obviously our deals were constructed under the former CEO Andy Palmer, who was always been tremendously supportive of the team.".
"And with Lawrence buying the business, it obviously was natural for them to exit. We'll look forward to seeing the Aston Martin name live on in F1 next year." Horner declared
Why did Aston Martin fail in F1?
Well, unlike Ferrari and Mercedes, Aston Martin had a very difficult and challenging time in Formula 1. David Brown was a very large and huge part of the Aston Martin company, he has developed many projects and ideas for the company. Such as many road cars and sports car ideas, the DB4GT, sports car racing, and the 24 hours of Le Mans. David Brown also rescued the British company, which is why the Db in most Aston Martin car names is Db for David Brown. Brown was very keen on motorsports in the 1950s, and he saw how much Formula 1 has affected and how much it has changed many companies' reputations. He saw motorsport as a great and innovative way to make Aston Martin well-known, and in higher status. It was a very exceptional idea, but obviously, it didn't really work out that well...
Aston Martin entered Formula 1 during the Dutch Grand Prix entry, yet, the DBR4 was not yet ready to compete nor was it very compatible compared to the other F1 cars on the grid. This resulted in many bad and disappointing results, with the British team failing to score a single championship point, sad. Aston Martin quit and abandoned Formula 1 after the British Grand Prix for 60 years, and now they are making quite a comeback.
Is Aston Martin a good choice for Sebastian Vettel?
Even though the 2021 season has not started yet, I am very hopeful about Sebastian's move to Aston Martin. Before the 2020 season, it was revealed Ferrari dropped their 4-Time World Champion driver, Sebastian Vettel from the Italian team. Earlier this season, it was revealed that the German would be going to the new Aston Martin team. I am keeping my hopes up high but also my expectations low, Sebastian has seemed very miserable at Ferrari this past year. I mean I don't even have to explain why, you can see for yourself. But as the 2020 season went on, it seemed more and more that Vettel was ready to get out of that red tractor and move on to the green. He has seemed very happy and joyful while talking about his new move to Aston Martin, I mean just read for yourself...
In my humble opinion, this move will do good for Sebastian. It will give him a fresh new start, like a rebirth. We hope it will help him gain his confidence and self-esteem back, but now he is going to be in a nontoxic environment, which is amazing. He will bring a lot to Aston Martin as well. Racing Point team principal, Otmar Szafnauer, even said that "Vettel will bring “1000 little things” to help lift the team to a different level". And we cannot wait to see it...