Formula One 2021 season preview

Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team

Team partners & suppliers

Aston Martin, Cognizant, Crypto.com, NetApp, SentinelOne, Bombardier, Girard-Perregaux, Peroni, BWT, Replay, Ravenol, Epos, JCB, Pirelli, EBB3, UPS Direct, STL, Pelmark, Voip Unlimited, Condeco, IFS, Schuberth, Hackett & Alpine Stars.

Team Principal & Drivers

Otmar Szafnauer

Otmar Szafnauer

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll

Isn’t it fantastic to have a team called Aston Martin on the grid once more? I know they were only ever on the grid for two seasons in 1959 and 1960, with absolutely no success. It feels somehow right that the British super car makers are gracing Formula One.

This team was formerly Racing Point and before that Force India, as independent teams, have clawed their way up from the back of the grid to being podium regulars in 2020. A team owned by driver Lance Stroll’s father, it was renamed when Lawrence Stroll bought the British sports car company. It’s not the first time the name has been on the grid in recent times though, as prior to the name change this year, you would have seen them as major sponsors of Red Bull, but they’ve decided to give it a go themselves.

What a baseline they have to work from too, last season they’d have finished 3rd if it wasn’t for the Mercedes/brake duct fine and points deduction, making it the teams most successful season in recent history. They replaced Sergio Perez, who’d been a great servant to the team, with 4 times the winner of the drivers’ championship, Sebastian Vettel. Vettel has come from a torrid time at Ferrari, where a combination of poor cars and driver mistakes meant his dream of driving for Ferrari didn’t go as planned. 

Can Sebastian Vettel find success again at Aston Martin? If they provide him with a car as good as last years, then yes he can, we might even get to see that finger go back up in the air, indicating a race win.

This team were accused of copying the 2019 winning Mercedes car, but it’s not copying, it’s being clever. Why wouldn’t you attempt to build your car following the visible parts of a championship-winning car? Of course, you would if you were sensible and that’s exactly what this team did, they took what they could from the 2019 Mercedes and built a fantastic car around it.

What will happen as Aston Martin take to the grid once more? Well, I expect many points and some podiums, probably the team at the head of the midfield in 2021.




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