Lewis Hamilton thinks that Sebastian Vettel joining Aston Martin for 2021 is a move that benefits both parties.
After months of rumours, it has finally been announced that the German will indeed replace Sergio Perez for 2021 as Racing Point rebrands to Aston Martin.
Hamilton expected the move to happen once it was confirmed Vettel would leave Ferrari and thinks that it’s a good direction for him to go in.
“Honestly I thought that was the ideal direction that he was going to go. I thought that it would happen,” Hamilton said.
“I was really pleased to hear it because that team has new ownership, has already taken a huge step forwards in its performance and it will continue to grow.”
Vettel has struggled at Ferrari since the start of the 2019 season, and his reputation has suffered as a result, with many feeling that he’s not a better driver than Perez.
However, Hamilton thinks that the four-time World Champion’s experience is invaluable, and expects him to be crucial in developing the 2021 Aston Martin challenger.
“Maybe I’m biased, but I believe that experience counts for a huge amount,” he added.
“He’s obviously had a difficult time at Ferrari but he’s a four-time champion that can steer that team even further in a better direction in terms of car development.
“I think you should never take that for granted. It’s a great move for the team. Of course, I’m sorry for Sergio, but he’s a great driver and I’m sure hopefully he’ll have other options.”
This weekend’s Tuscan Grand Prix will be the first time F1 has ever gone to Mugello, and the same applies to Hamilton. He says that arriving at a track he’s never been to took him back to karting.
“When I arrived today it felt like back in the karting days when I used to arrive in Italy and arrive at a new circuit and have to learn everything.”
Vettel himself doesn’t expect to be challenging Hamilton during his first year with Aston Martin, stating that the only seats capable of winning a title are occupied.
“I think you have to be honest and realistic that if you want to win the Championship next year you need to be in a Mercedes,” he told Sky’s Ted Kravitz.
“Now obviously there are two seats and I believe those seats are taken.