Vettel: Aston Martin will win title with or without me

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Sebastian Vettel at Monza. Italy September 2021

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel on a track walk at Monza. Italy September 2021

He doesn’t know if it will be while he’s still there, but Sebastian Vettel is confident Aston Martin will succeed in their quest to win titles.

Since taking over the team and rebranding it as Aston Martin, Lawrence Stroll has constantly stated that his goal is to win World Championships with the team in the future.

The Canadian would like to do so within the next five years which, even with the regulation changes, seems ambitious given that the British outfit are currently P7 in the Constructors’ Championship.

Vettel believes that they ultimately will achieve their goal though, although he’s not sure just how long it will take.

“Well we’ll see,” he said when asked by Sky Sports whether he felt he could win his fifth title at Aston Martin.

“I think the team is growing and I think the team will succeed.

“Obviously it’s very very hard or impossible to predict how long that is going to take but the commitment is very high and I think the team is putting everything in place.

“So it’s very exciting to be a part of that and next year’s rule changes I think are very exciting, everybody is excited to see what it does to the field.

“But we can’t answer that now. We have to wait until next year.”

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The two teams fighting for the title this season are Red Bull and Mercedes, with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton battling it out.

The two have come together twice, at Silverstone and Monza, and some feel both are becoming too aggressive when racing each other.

Vettel doesn’t think so though, but he does have some sympathy for the stewards.

“No I don’t think so,” he said when asked if the two had a “you yield or we crash” attitude.

“I don’t think anybody has the intention to crash going into a gap or going for a move but obviously as it turns out, when things go wrong, sometimes there’s someone to blame and other times there’s not. I think it’s normal.

“It’s then for the stewards to decide whether there was somebody to blame which I don’t think is always an easy call because every situation is different.”