As one of the greatest drivers in Formula One™, Vettel is a safe pair of hands to lead Aston Martin back to the Grand Prix grid. Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel needs little in the way of introduction in sporting circles. Already regarded as one of the greatest drivers in Formula One™ history, the 33-year-old continues to challenge for championship crowns, having driven for some of the best teams on the grid.
Born in 1987 in Heppenheim, West Germany, Vettel had already started making a name for himself in karting circles by 1995, aged just eight. Catching the attention of Gerhard Noack, a track owner who had once shepherded a young Michael Schumacher through his own karting career, Noack helped to develop Vettel as a driver, resulting in numerous national and international karting titles. Making his way into open-wheel racing in 2003, Vettel soon moved up the ranks, contesting Formula BMW, Formula Renault and Formula Three before getting his break in Formula One™ with
BMW-Sauber in 2007.
That same year, Vettel transitioned to Toro Rosso, winning the 2008 Italian Grand Prix to become Formula One™’s youngest pole-sitter and race winner at the time, aged just 21 years and 74 days. Moving to Red Bull the following year, he racked up some of his greatest achievements. Going on to master the blown diffuser era of Formula One™ cars during his time with the team, he dominated the sport between 2010 and 2013, resulting in four consecutive World Championship titles.
Despite his undisputed reign at Red Bull, a fifth-place championship finish followed immediately after his four titles and Vettel switched the Bulls for the Prancing Horse in 2015. At Ferrari, Vettel played a key role in the resurgence of the iconic Italian racing squad, claiming three top-three finishes with the team, including two runner-up spots.
Now embarking on an entirely new challenge, Vettel heads the driver line-up at Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team, alongside teammate Lance Stroll.
A rising star in Formula One™, Stroll is one to watch as he lines up for the iconic marque’s return to the Grand Prix grid. With four years’ experience in the series to date, it took Lance Stroll just a handful of races to make a name for himself in Formula One™. Aged just 22, the young talent has already racked up three podium finishes, showing he’s capable of challenging the championship’s establishment.
Born in Montréal, Canada, in 1998, Stroll started his motorsport career aged 10, at the same time his team-mate Sebastian Vettel started making waves in Formula One™. After cutting his teeth in karts, Stroll competed in Canada and North America before his move into single-seaters in 2014, winning the Italian FIA Formula 4 Championship in his debut season. His graduation into open-wheel racing sparked a trio of back-to-back titles gained all around the world, culminating in his FIA Formula 3 European Championship victory in 2016.
Still just 18 years old, the following year marked a radical shift in Stroll’s career as he made his debut in Formula One™ with Williams. Making history in the sport, Stroll became the youngest driver in Formula OneTM to make the podium in his rookie season following a third place finish in the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Sticking with the Williams squad for a second season in 2018, that same year Stroll underlined his canny feel
for grip with a stunning qualifying lap in the wet at the Italian Grand Prix. Lining up in second position, he became the sport’s youngest ever front-row starter.
The 2019 season saw the young Canadian switch to the newly owned Racing Point team, where he partnered Sergio Pérez. The pair went on to secure a seventh-place overall finish before taking the team to fourth place in the 2020 World Championship, its last under the Racing Point name.
With his youth, raw speed and racecraft, Stroll is the perfect foil to more experienced team-mate Vettel.
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