Former Toro Rosso technical director Giorgio Ascanelli says having Sebastian Vettel is a main ingredient for creating a winning team.
The German racer earned his first full-time deal in Formula 1 all the way back in 2008. Picked up the Red Bull programme, he was assigned to their junior team Toro Rosso for that rookie season.
It was a slow start to the campaign, hampered by four consecutive retirements, but Vettel would put himself on the Formula 1 map for good when he drove to victory in front of Toro Rosso’s home Monza crowd in the Italian Grand Prix that year.
Vettel was then promoted to the Red Bull team for 2009, and come the following year he and Red Bull started a run of four Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in a row. Vettel remains the only driver to have won the World Championship with Red Bull.
And although Vettel was unable to realise his goal of bringing World Championship glory back to Ferrari after joining in 2015, he was able to add 14 further victories to his CV, making him the third-most successful driver in terms of race wins in the team’s history.
Now the four-time World Champion moves on to Aston Martin as the iconic brand makes its return to Formula 1 in 2021.
So, can Vettel take Aston Martin to the top step? As Ascanelli rightly points out, he’s done it with every team that came before.
“You’ve probably already noticed, every team Sebastian has driven for so far became a winning team with him,” he told F1-insider.com.
“First Toro Rosso, then Red Bull. That’s also because of Sebastian. Because of his heavy foot on the gas and his way of carrying a team along.
“Red Bull already had all the ingredients for success in 2008, but we were better than Red Bull because Vettel was better than Coulthard and Webber. Period. Out.”
Aston Martin team boss Otmar Szafnauer expects Vettel to thrive within the outfit, saying there is no blame culture.
“It’s about respect and the way we stick together. We appreciate everyone’s talents and don’t point fingers at anyone,” he said.
“We encourage our people to learn from mistakes. We all pull together and have a good working atmosphere, a culture where we don’t blame anyone for making a mistake. That also applies to the drivers. Seb will like that and I’m sure: He will flourish.”