Quebec driver Lance Stroll and his father Lawrence, who owns the Aston Martin Formula 1 team, had nothing but good things to say about veteran Sebastian Vettel, who < strong>announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the current season.
At 35 and after four series championships won under the Red Bull banner, the German will end his motor racing adventure, two seasons after his arrival at Aston Martin.
“We assured him that we wanted to continue with him next year, but in the end, he made the decision that he believes was the fairest for him and his family, and of course we respect that, ”said Lawrence Stroll by way of press release, Thursday.
The billionaire businessman has confirmed that Vettel will be a member of the British team until the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the last of the season, which will also be the driver's 300th career. Stroll promised a “wonderful tribute” for his departure.
Lance was able to learn from the man who in 2010 became the youngest world champion in F1 history.
“Seb is a great person off the track, a real gentleman. He has done a lot for this sport and his racing successes are just amazing. I wish him the best for the future,” said the 23-year-old Montrealer.
“He did some great races for us, and behind the scenes, his experience and expertise with our engineers were invaluable,” added Lawrence Stroll. He is one of the legends of Formula 1, and it has been a privilege to be able to work with him.”
Vettel's highlight with Aston Martin was his second place on the podium in Azerbaijan, in 2021. This season, he holds 14th position in the general classification, having notably finished sixth in Baku in June.