The Aston Martin name officially returns to the world of Formula One this weekend as the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team prepares for the 2021 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit. It has been a busy off-season for the Silverstone-based outfit with the arrival of four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel who will partner Lance Stroll this season.
Speaking ahead of the opening race of the season, Vettel commented saying:
“It’s going to be a bit of a learning curve in these first few races: for me, it’s a new team – I’m still getting to know everyone, still understanding how the AMR21 wants to be driven, and familiarising myself with the team. I’m very excited to be at the start of that journey in Bahrain this weekend. The conditions were very interesting during testing – high winds made it quite tricky to drive – and we know that tyre degradation is always a key factor here. It should make for an exciting race.”
Lance Stroll is also looking forward to the new season saying:
“The arrival of Aston Martin underlines all the potential in this team; it’s a very exciting moment for us all. We’re continuing to develop as an organisation – that means we’ll have more people and more resources to understand the car and how it operates; but we’re still understanding how the team is growing. I don’t think we were able to show our full potential during the Bahrain test, so there’s definitely more performance to come during these opening races, which is exciting.”