Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin will need to produce the results that “match Lawrence Stroll’s ambition” after his big-money signing.
Racing Point, which will run under the Aston Martin moniker next season, announced last week that Vettel would be joining the team in 2021, signing a multi-year deal.
Doing the deal reportedly cost Stroll $40 million.
The four-time World Champion leaves Maranello for Silverstone on the back of what is shaping up to be his worst season ever in Formula 1.
Brawn, however, believes Vettel still has what it takes to fight at the very front of the field – and he’s going to need that to match team owner Stroll’s “ambition”.
“It was a story that has dominated the headlines for several months now, so it wasn’t a surprise when Racing Point announced Sebastian Vettel would join them next season ahead of their rebrand as Aston Martin F1 Team,” the F1 sporting boss told the official F1 website.
“It’s a big statement by Lawrence Stroll.
“Vettel is a proven champion and I think, still has the fight in him.
“Drafting in someone of his stature will help lift everyone inside the team, whose aspirations are now significantly higher. His experience will be invaluable.
“But it is now putting the team on a different level and the results will need to start matching Lawrence Stroll’s ambition.”
Vettel’s signing was bad news for Perez, the Mexican driver the one losing out when the cards were played.
While it was initially thought that Vettel would head to McLaren in a straight swap with Carlos Sainz when all was said and done Daniel Ricciardo took the McLaren seat, Vettel is off to Aston Martin and Perez, despite having a contract for 2021, suddenly doesn’t have a job for next season.
“Sergio Perez now finds himself on the move after a very long period with this team,” Brawn added. “He must have very mixed emotions.
“However, he’s a very fast racer who is driving at his peak right now and deserves a place on next year’s grid.
“Hopefully he can find the right opportunity and start a new adventure.”
Haas is believed to be leading the running to sign Perez with Alfa Romeo also an option for the 30-year-old.