7 Candidates to Replace Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin F1 Team

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When Sebastian Vettel was summarily fired from Ferrari in 2020, it was the newly rebranded Aston Martin team that offered a long-term vision.
However, Vettel cut short that vision when he announced he would be retiring at the end of the season.
Replacing Vettel will not be an easy task for a team without a clear candidate in the starting blocks.
Aston Martin didn't anticipate going into Formula 1's summer break in search of a new top driver.
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When Sebastian Vettel was summarily sacked by Ferrari in 2020, it was the newly rebranded Aston Martin team that provided a long-term vision for a new project to rejuvenate an iconic British company, with new Formula 1 regulations on the horizon , promising an opportunity for all.
Vettel signed a multi-year deal, with Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll giving the budding project a big name and setting out a four to five-year plan to challenge for victories and world titles.
There has been massive investment at Silverstone, with the opening of a new factory in 2023, while recruitment has surged since Stroll's takeover of what was then Force India in mid-2018.
So far, Stroll's vision remains just that; Last year Aston Martin fell from fourth to seventh because it felt paralyzed by the subtle but influential changes in ground regulation. This year, the new regulations have failed to take hold and it is ninth out of the 10 teams. After 12 rounds he has 19 points with Vettel scoring 15.
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Vettel's decision to retire was multifaceted - family, energy, issues beyond racing - but he accepted that he "don't have a lot of joy and motivation from being here and just being a part of it" in recent years three years - 2020 - the case with Ferrari, 2021/22 with Aston Martin - have largely resembled each other.
Aston Martin had openly stated that they wanted to continue with Vettel. From the very first flyaway races, new team boss Mike Krack said he wanted Vettel to stay and in the press release on the retirement, owner Stroll stated that “we made it clear to him that we want him to stay with us next year .”
It leaves a Vettel-shaped hole in Aston Martin's project. There is no driver available who can match the knowledge of 53 wins, four titles and 15 years of experience leading teams at Aston Martin. Krack accepted that "the groundwork that Sebastian put in last year and is still putting in this year is crucial" at a team that has been rooted in midfield for decades but now has the ambition - and the finances - to be at the top to fight . It also needs to make a driver decision now, not just for 2023 but potentially for 2024 and beyond.
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Should Stroll wish to see a big name parachute alongside his son Lance, realistically there are only two alternatives: Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo.
Alonso's Alpine contract expires after 2022 but the 41-year-old is highly motivated to continue, preferably with his current employers.
"All teams are an option as long as they don't have two drivers under contract," said Alonso playfully. “My priority is to be at Alpine. We have been working and developing this project together for two years. We are becoming more and more competitive. It's probably my wish to stay."
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