Aston Martin has named an unchanged line-up for the 2022 season with Sebastian Vettel partnering Lance Stroll once again.
The duo began the opening chapter of a new era at Aston Martin after rebranding from Racing Point and the story will continue with both Vettel and Stroll as Formula 1 enters a new era from next season.
It is believed Vettel has had a one-year extension triggered after initially signing what is known as a ‘1+1 [year]’ contract following his departure from Ferrari.
In the past few weeks, there were rumours of discontent between Vettel and Aston Martin, as well as a quickly dismissed rumour that Fernando Alonso had been lined up to replace him.
But both parties have made it very clear that they are very happy working with each other.
“I am really looking forward to racing the new generation of Formula 1 cars,” Vettel said upon confirmation.
“Their look is very different and the new technical regulations should give us cars that can race much more closely than recently. More exciting racing will be great for the drivers as well as for the fans.
“The changes are so big that every team will be starting from a new beginning, so it will be a great opportunity for us at Aston Martin. I believe in the strength of our new growing team, so I am already looking forward to 2022.”
Thanks to Lance and Sebastian for making their mark this year.
— Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) September 16, 2021
Stroll, set for a fourth season with the team, is looking forward to another year working alongside a four-time World Champion in Vettel.
He said: “Next season I will be embarking on my sixth year in Formula 1, alongside my team-mate Sebastian.
“We started this Aston Martin campaign together and I greatly look forward to continuing the journey with him next year.
“We have not achieved what we set out to do this year, but that has only amplified our hunger and drive for success next season.
“Now, with the prestige and support of Aston Martin, and the brilliant new sponsor-partners that such a prestigious brand has attracted, we are well positioned to improve our performance in 2022.”
Aston Martin would have entered the 2021 season having hopes of challenging the likes of McLaren and Ferrari for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship, but are currently bogged down in P7 with just 59 points to their name.