After Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement after the 2022 season, Lawrence Stroll and Mike Krack shared their thoughts on the German’s departure and their partnership so far.
Sebastian Vettel, after years of fighting for his fifth championship title with the Italian team, left Ferrari in 2020 and signed a contract with Aston Martin. After a year and a half of cooperation and not the best results in the British league, the four-time world champion announced, a day before the start of the Hungarian race weekend, his intention to end his career at the end of the season. .
“I want to thank Sebastian from the bottom of my heart for the great work he has done for Aston Martin over the past year and a half” Lawrence Stroll said.
The German’s long-term retirement is likely, but the latest reports from Aston Martin about ongoing talks over Vettel’s contract extension appeared to contradict rumors of the four-time world champion’s departure.
“We made it clear to him that we want him to continue working with us next year, but he has done what he thinks is right for him and his family, and of course we respect that.” – admitted the owner of Aston Martin.
“He’s driven great races for us and behind the scenes his experience and knowledge he’s shared with our engineers has been invaluable. He’s one of the best in Formula 1 history and it’s been a privilege to work with him.”
“He will be racing for us until the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2022, which will be his 300th Grand Prix start. We will miss him dearly.”
The head of the team and the citizen of the multiple world champion – Mike Krack also shared his opinion on the departure of Vettel.
“Sebastian is an excellent driver – fast, intelligent and strategic – and we will definitely miss those qualities.”
“We’ve all learned a lot from him, and the skills we’ve gained from working with him will continue to benefit our team long after he’s gone.”
“When we are fully competitive, and we will be – Sebastian will be one of the architects of future success and we will always be grateful to him for that.” Krack concluded.