Stroll: Vettel will be an ‘eye-opener’ for team

Date published: September 10 2020

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Lance Stroll thinks that Sebastian Vettel joining will an “eye-opener” for the team soon to be known as Aston Martin.

Months of rumours were finally brought to an end when it was confirmed that Sebastian Vettel will be replacing Sergio Perez for the 2021 season.

He’ll be joining Stroll, the son of owner Lawrence Stroll, and the Canadian driver thinks that the German coming on board will make a big difference for the team going forward.

“It’s very exciting to see him come to the team. He’s an incredibly successful driver with four World Championships in his pocket and a tremendous amount of knowledge under his belt,” Stroll told Sky Sports.

“He’ll be a big help all around. He has a tremendous amount of experience, he can bring a lot from where he’s come from over the years at Red Bull and Ferrari. It’ll be a big eye-opener for the team, I think we’ll learn a lot.

“For myself, he’s going to be a great benchmark. He’s a very successful driver, one of the best, so yeah I’m really looking forward to it.

“I only see a bright future. This year we’ve come a long way and I believe we’ll just keep making steps in the right direction.”

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Stroll has made an excellent start to the season and is currently sat in P4 in the Driver’s Championship. That’s largely due to his P3 finish at the Italian Grand Prix, but he’s still disappointed he didn’t win the race.

“A part of me was a little disappointed, I’m not going to lie,” he added.

“There was the opportunity to win the race, and I was a little bit frustrated that we didn’t capitalise on that.

“At the same time a podium is always so great and I was happy for the team, and it was a lot of points in the bag which is great. That’s what brought me to P4 in the Championship over the weekend.

“It’s just great to see some different faces on the podium, and I think the fans really enjoyed it too. It was something unexpected, a little bit different.”

Stroll was in P2 when the Red Flag was waved at Monza and with lewis Hamilton having to serve a penalty ahead of him, looked favourite to win. However, the chance of a maiden victory when after a port start dropped him behind Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz.

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