Sebastian Vettel names the driver he wants to succeed him at Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel names the driver he wants to succeed him at Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel has chosen to replace him at Aston Martin, no surprise as the German wants to see Mick Schumacher take his place.

Vettel shocked the paddock on Thursday when, as the sport prepared for the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, he announced that this season would be his last in Formula One.

The four-time world champion cited family time and being there for his children as the main reason for the end.

Aston Martin, who previously stated that they had no plan B after Vettel, will now begin the search for a new driver.

Vettel has already presented his choice.

“Well, obviously, I spoke to Lawrence and told him I’m not going to continue,” Vettel said, according to The Race. “We had a very, very brief chat about what might be next.

“I have my opinion.

“I think very highly of Mick. I am not completely objective because I am very close to him. But I think he is a good driver and teacher.

“He is constantly learning when others stop or stop making progress. He has qualities, but he is also very young, he does not have much experience.

“I don’t know, it’s not my decision. If asked, I will speak my mind and not hold back. But ultimately the team has to make that decision.”

Schumacher, who scored his first F1 points at the British Grand Prix and followed it up with another top ten in Austria, is out of contract with Haas at the end of this season.

But a member of Ferrari’s young driver academy, they also have a say in his future.

Asked if he was open to replacing Vettel, his mentor, at Aston Martin, the 23-year-old said: “Obviously there’s still a lot to do here, so that’s where my focus is at the moment and what the future holds, we’ll see.

“Never say never, but obviously my focus is Budapest right now.

“Ferrari is full and here [Haas] is not. We’ll see what happens. Again, if there’s something we feel we need to share, we’ll share it at the right moment.”

Should Schumacher make the trip to Aston Martin, it will continue his relationship with team owner Lawrence Stroll, a man he has known for most of his life.

“I’ve known them for a very long time and we’ve always been good to each other,” he said. “Also, back in karting, he’s always looked after me.”

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