Otmar Szafnauer is glad Sebastian Vettel is staying at Aston Martin and says the German leaving would have hurt the team.
It has recently been confirmed that the four-time World champion will remain with the British outfit for one more season at the least and perhaps more.
At one point before the announcement was made, it looked far from a foregone conclusion with the likes of Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo being linked to his seat and some talk that Vettel would retire.
Szafnauer is pleased with the eventual outcome, feeling that continuity is hugely important for a new team entering an era of new regulations.
“I think continuity will definitely help and they work well together,” said the team principal as per GPFans.
“Sebastian is now getting used to the team more so it would have been a shame for him to stop and us get somebody else that isn’t used to the team.
“The team’s new, the regulations are new, so it wouldn’t have been good.
“Especially in an era like this it’s really good to have that continuity, and we have that now with both drivers, which is great.”
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Vettel’s confirmation was one of the last on the grid, with his retention only being announced halfway into September.
Szafnuer says there weren’t any issues in the negotiation process though, but that it was prolonged by some details in his contract that needed changing.
“When you have options on both sides then it’s really like renegotiating but we wanted him to continue and Seb wanted to continue,” he said.
“It’s just some of the details that were changed and those had to be discussed, and it doesn’t happen that quickly.”
The American had admitted he would like to conclude contract talks with Vettel far earlier for the 2023 campaign and will think about how to do so over Christmas.
“We’ll do that earlier next year. It will help you guys, too. Less questions,” he is quoted as saying by GPFans.
“We usually don’t disclose, out of respect for Seb, the details of his contract and the things we negotiated.
“We like Seb, he likes us and let’s see what happens. Like I said, even over Christmas we could contemplate that stuff. Let’s have a good year in 2022 and then decide.”
Vettel exit would have hurt Aston Martin
Otmar Szafnauer has said that Sebastian Vettel leaving Aston Martin would have hurt them.