F1 news: Aston Martin tease 2021 car Sebastian Vettel will drive after 61-year F1 hiatus

Sebastian Vettel sits in Aston Martin Formula One car

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Aston Martin are set to unveil their first Formula 1 car in 61 years, with a launch due to take place on March 3 ahead of the upcoming season. Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll will race for the team, who were previously known as Racing Point.

Aston Martin were last involved in F1 in 1960, with the 1960 British Grand Prix at Silverstone the last time one of their cars competed.

French driver Maurice Trintignant finished 11th in that race, while Roy Salvadori retired with a steering problem.

In a statement, Aston Martin revealed the launch date for their new car, saying: “We are delighted to announce that we will launch our 2021 Formula One car in a virtual launch event on Wednesday March 3 at 15:00 GMT.

“The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team continues to charge towards the grid, and you’re invited to share in every moment.

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“We know there’s huge anticipation to see the famous Aston Martin name return to Formula One for the first time in over 60 years, and we intend to give it the welcome it deserves.

Now, with a four-time world champion on board in the form of Vettel, Aston Martin will be hoping for a more successful run in F1 this time around.

Vettel has already made an impact at his new team, with team boss Otmar Szafnauer full of praise for the 33-year-old in an interview with Auto, Motor und Sport.

“Sebastian had only been with us a few days,” Szafnauer said.

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“And already in this short time he has given us this useful feedback.

“He hasn’t even driven our car yet. We can still learn so much from him and thereby improve.

“First and foremost, he can bring in the experience and working methods of his world championship days.

“He has already instructed our race engineers which data he needs to help us with the vehicle setup.

“He’s already helped us to improve the ergonomics in the cockpit. For example, where the switches belong and how they should be used to make the car easier to operate.

“He’s already driven in the simulator and compared it to others he knows. What’s good about ours? Where do we need to improve? We can work with that.

“Lance, who has far less experience than Sebastian in Formula 1, can also benefit from him. Just the other way around.

“Lance is a very talented and fast racing driver. Together they can bring our team to a higher level.”

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