Sebastian Vettel returns to Silverstone in the hope of some “proper racing” for his first visit as an Aston Martin driver.
The four-time World Champion is no stranger to Silverstone, having claimed victory here twice before, first winning the 2009 British Grand Prix for Red Bull and then the 2018 British Grand Prix as a Ferrari driver.
But now Vettel is in Aston Martin colours, and the team are desperate for a strong showing in their first home race since returning to Formula 1 for 2021.
And for Aston Martin, the term ‘home race’ is even stronger since their factory is based in the Northamptonshire town of Silverstone.
Therefore, some great racing would be the perfect way for Aston Martin to celebrate this homecoming.
“I’m looking forward to racing at Silverstone again,” said Vettel.
“There’s a lot of high-speed sections at this circuit with good places for overtaking, so I think there will be opportunities for some proper racing. It’s an important weekend for the team as well, so I’m looking forward to getting started.”
The British Grand Prix has always been a key stop on the Formula 1 calendar, but this time around it will make history by hosting a brand new race weekend format.
Traditional qualifying has been shifted back to Friday in order to make space for the first staging of sprint qualifying, a 100km, 30-minute sprint race which will decide the grid for the British Grand Prix.
On top of that, a capacity crowd is also set to watch the action unfold, marking a milestone moment for Formula 1 as it continues to race through the pandemic.
And Lance Stroll is full of excitement to take to the Silverstone track in his Aston Martin in front of jam packed grandstands.
“Silverstone is a real classic. The track is awesome to drive and it’s always great coming here because the fans are so passionate,” he stated.
“This year it’s our first home race as Aston Martin, so I’m hoping we can have a strong weekend and make the whole team across the road feel proud.”
For all the information on sprint qualifying and how it will work, check out our comprehensive guide.